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Anticipation

Jason Petermann  —  December 24, 2008 — Leave a comment

I am home today on Christmas Eve.  We are doing all the last minute things that you do before Christmas Day.  We are watching Santa’s progress on the NORAD Santa Tracker RADAR.  My kids are on a high just waiting for the big day.  The waiting is going to kill them, and drive their christmas-adventparents nuts!  Actually, it is fun to sit back and watch them in their anticipation of the arrival of Christmas.  It is like Christmas will never get here for them!

As I watch them, I cannot help but think about all the people involved in that first Christmas night.  The nation of Israel, Joseph and Mary and all those expecting the arrival of a Messiah… the One who would come and save them.  They did not know the weight of what would happen that night.  They did not know what the birth of Jesus would be all about, and what it would set it motion.  They could not comprehend that the birth of this child would be the catalyst that would allow mankind to come into a right relationship with the God of the Universe.

I hope that as we go about our fun the next couple of days that we do not forget that all this was because God wanted a relationship with us.  He wanted to be a part of our lives.  He wanted to be able to lead us to the life that He has planned, a plan that will allow us to live life to the full!  God has always had a plan… and that plan includes us! It includes you living the life that God planned for you.

As we anticipate Christmas Day, let’s not forget that Jesus is not just the reason for the season… He is he reason for life!  Let’s live that way!

Waiting on God

Jason Petermann  —  March 27, 2008 — 3 Comments

prayer-hands.jpgToday is just one of those days that I wish I could sleep through. Why? Well, some of you may already know that I am leaving my position as Worship leader at the church I serve in. My wife and I have prayed about it for awhile now, and we really feel that God wants us to go into a more contemporary type ministry to serve in. I am not talking about music, we already do some really good stuff where I am at. I am talking about philosophy and practice. I have a real burden to reach out to younger generations with the true Gospel of Jesus. I say true Gospel because I want to distinguish it from the “Gospel” that some preach that is nothing more than conforming to a certain image and going through the motions and you will be a spiritual person. I am not talking about the “Gospel” that says, accept Jesus and you can go to heaven and escape hell. I am all for the going to heaven and escaping hell thing, but there is so much more to being a Christ follower than that. The Gospel I am talking about is one that is centered around a day to day relationship that we can have with Jesus Christ. That is what Jesus longs for, and that is what will change your life. Not some fire insurance policy that a slick preacher sells you from the pulpit. There is nothing in a fire insurance policy that will help you with the day to day stuff of life.

So, what about this waiting on God stuff? Well, I really thought that we had a position in a great church ready to go. I had not really counted my chickens before they hatched so to say. But the visit we had with the church and the pastor was awesome, and it just seemed to click. But the call came yesterday that he could not say yes yet and that we should keep looking. Not a total closed door, but still not what was expected.

What I know: God knew all this and has a great plan for me and my family.

What is hard: Waiting on God to reveal that. If you know me, you know I am not the most patient person on the face of the planet.

I expect to see God do great things in the coming days. And I am sure He has a great place for us to go and serve, but sleeping this day away would have been a great idea as I wait on Him…