I have no idea what I was praying about in Church #2 that Sunday several years ago. But I have no doubt about the Lord’s message to me. He said, “I want you to go back to …” and he named Church #1 that I had recently left. I had left because there were some theological issues there that I did not believe I could support. I moved to a Church #2 where I felt comfortable. They worshiped in ways I was used to; they taught the same doctrines that I believed; they were easy people to love. I felt comfortable. I didn’t want to leave them.
As I quit praying, I became aware of a song they were singing. “You won’t leave here like you came in Jesus name, bound, oppressed, tormented, sick, or lame…” It was confirmation that I was to go back.
The week moved forward as I considered the issue. I met weekly with a group of teachers before school hours for a devotion time. That week I was to lead the topic. I quickly drew a scripture from my scripture box. “My sheep know my voice,” By now, I’m pretty sure I have a move in store!
But I went to Church #2 that week also. The preacher preached something simple about David. But one statement was very profound to me. He said something like this, “If God tells you something, don’t question it, just do it!”
By now I was convinced. On the next Sunday, I went back to Church #1. While I was there that morning a young lady met me in the hall. As best I remember these were her words, “I’ve been missing you, would you pray for me?” As I prayed for her, I was profoundly grateful to be there where God would have me be.
I was a mature Christian. I realized that everything in my church world did not have to be just the way I wanted it. I had meaningful talks with the pastor who, I believe, gave serious consideration to my advice and beliefs. Being very thankful for my patient Lord, I found that I was home again, even if I was not quite as comfortable!
Notice the ways God spoke: 1. In prayer 2. In song 3. In scripture 4. In sermon 5. In a young woman’s need. To God be all glory! How patient and loving he is!