Good Morning! Last day of Conference! It has been exhausting, but a very good Conference, filled with the Holy Spirit!The service of Licensing, Commissioning, and Ordination last night was inspiring! The preacher was Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey of the Louisiana Annual Conference. She spoke from Psalm 139 –
The Inescapable God
To the leader. Of David. A Psalm.
1 O Lord, you have searched me and known me.
2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from far away.
3 You search out my path and my lying down,
and are acquainted with all my ways.
4 Even before a word is on my tongue,
O Lord, you know it completely.
5 You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is so high that I cannot attain it.
7 Where can I go from your spirit?
Or where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I ascend to heaven, you are there;
if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there.
9 If I take the wings of the morning
and settle at the farthest limits of the sea,
10 even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me fast.
11 If I say, ‘Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light around me become night’,
12 even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is as bright as the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
13 For it was you who formed my inward parts;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
that I know very well.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my thoughts.
24 See if there is any wicked way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
Who knows you really well? Bishop Harvey talked about her mother always knowing what she was doing, and her husband finishing sentences they had been together for so long – but none of them knows us like God knows us! God knows every secret, every fear, every failure, and every success and possibility. And, even though he knows us that well, he calls us.
God calls each one of us to our own ministry – it may be ministry in what you are already doing; it may be something different – but God calls us. The foolish thing is to try to hide from God, to run away – Jonah found out how useless that is! That is the other thing this Psalm says, there is no place where we can hide from God!
Of course, the Bishop said a lot more – but I must get packed and checked out and to the last morning of Conference! I hope to see you, or at least those of you in the islands, at church tomorrow!