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Railroad Tracks

For the Worship Leader:

When I was young we lived right by some railroad tracks. I remember hearing that you can actually hear an oncoming train by as much as a mile away just by putting your ear to the rail. There were times that I would climb over our fence to try this out. It actually worked! (side note: Not smart. Don't do this!). Later I found out the simple fact that it's just because the trains are so massive they can be experienced before they are even seen.

There seems to be two things God continually desires of us: to seek and create space for Him. For me in this hurried world, these practices are so hard but so necessary. This seeking is a continual effort to "set our minds on things above". It's not easy. To pause and seek is an act of the will. The question I often wrestle with is why does He ask us to seek Him? Is He hiding, not wanting to be found? Isn't it true that He is already present? The answer is a resounding yes. He is present AND He hides Himself... for our good.

I'm learning that seeking aims our hearts. Seeking keeps our ears to the rail. And kneeling down to the rail keeps you humble. Keeps you expectant. Seeking pushes against apathy. Seeking Him alone pushes against distraction. Seeking aims our hearts.

For Your Team:

Before you step out and lead together - pause, pray, listen and receive from God knowing that "He rewards those who earnestly seek Him" (Hebrews 11:6). Our reward is His presence and in His presence is everything we're looking for. He has something special waiting for you.

Psalm 10:4 says "In his pride, the wicked man does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God."

Let's drop our guard just a little more and see what good things He has for us.

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