By Daniel Foster / @DanielFoster07
"Jesus didn’t die in a suit and tie. If you think church is just suit and tie, you’re missing Jesus. Jesus didn’t die in front of a fancy crowd. There was nothing nice and tidy about the crucifixion. It was a messy death.”
These were words from Louie Giglio that rang loud and clear in my ears as I was standing in puddles.
Last year I took a group of high school/college students to the Passion Good Friday concert in Atlanta. Due to traffic, we arrived a little later than we were shooting for, resulting in a already packed out Verizon Amphitheater. A couple of students managed to wiggle their way into a couple of seats under the pavilion, but the rest of us had to enjoy the service from the back lawn. In the rain. In the cold. I was drenched to the core, and the rain didn’t look like it was going to let up anytime soon. That night, I gained a new respect for “I’ll Praise You In this Storm”.
I’ll be honest, my first thoughts weren’t exactly filled with joy. I was annoyed, frustrated, and honestly didn’t really feel like worshiping. And then I received a great big spiritual slap in the face. One of the really embarrassing ones like in the movies.
Here I am complaining and whining because the weather is really messy, I’m cold, and my new shoes were getting muddy. But what about Jesus? What about the mess He had to endure on His way to the cross for me? What about the mess that is my life that He still wants to actively use?
Do you think Jesus was worried about the weather as He was being betrayed? Or whether or not His feet were getting dirty as He was carrying His cross? Highly doubtful.
That night I gained a new appreciation that, even though I may not be in the most comfortable situation, even though everything around me was messy, I still have the freedom to worship a God who has a love for me that is incomparable.
Maybe you feel like your life is a complete mess right now. You feel like you need to get everything together before you can worship Jesus. Just stop. Stop and worship.
Matthew 11:28 says "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." Don't wait until you feel like you have your life together, or until everything is "tidy". Don’t wait until the mess, or the storm passes. Come to Him now. Praise Him in the storm.
That night I worshiped like never before.
Standing in puddles.
Daniel Foster comes from the small town of Griffin Georgia where he was born and raised. He serves on staff at DeVotie Baptist Church where he is the student pastor. Daniel is a fan of pro-football and loves the Georgia Bulldogs. You can find him on Twitter at @danielfoster07.