The Transition – WCF Whitefields report – 25/03/2010
Anyone who has ever walked down a beautiful beach towards the waters edge and then run into the chaos of breaking waves that awaits, will know that it can only be done with 100% commitment. If there is any shadow of doubt we will either find ourselves running out of the water just as quickly as we ran in or flat on our back from the first unrelenting wave, but there are some who dare to harness and ride this seemingly unpredictable power that lies on most of our cost lines. These people more than anyone will know what danger awaits them if they are nothing but fully alert, fully aware, fully committed.
Such people are exhilarated by the sheer power that exists in the worlds oceans, a power that most of us pass by in ignorance on a daily basis. These people are so exhilarated by this power that they will spend every waking moment that they can spare trying to further digest this natural force, only feeling truly awake when they are at it’s mercy; waiting for it to deliver the next perfect wave as they bob up and down just off shore, or riding down it’s face having no concept or pre determination of where it will take them, and who can know? Is it not this unknown quantity that keeps them striving for more, for this is the adventure, this is the journey, this is “the buzz”.
There is however one thing these travelers do know and are fully aware of, they have been practicing it for as long as they’ve been in the water, it’s a skill they have been honing since the first wave they ever caught, it is the “transition.” Every surfer knows (whether consciously or subconsciously) that the most important part of each and every wave they ride is the moment they “pop up” (going from lying on the board to standing on it). If they get this transition wrong they will only find themselves back in the water frustrated by the power of the wave that has just spat them out.
They know how critical it is to get their feet in the right position, to know where their weight should be over the board, how convinced they need to be in their mind that they will conquer this one.. And theirs is the “Buzz” theirs is the “Rush” theirs is the freedom, and so it should be because they’ve spent years in pursuit of these moments, perfecting their approach.
Are you feeling the Buzz? Are you feeling the Rush? Are you liberated and free? Maybe you’re transition is off? Maybe you’re out of practice?
Having been to Africa as a missionary before I know how important the transition is. How difficult it can be going from what seems like lying down to standing up. The rush of all these new stimuli passing you by and at such a relentless pace; different smells, different climate, different sounds, different people and the transition doesn’t just stop with the cultural or economic differences. Going from fulltime employment to fulltime volunteering is a huge transition. Going from waking up each morning to sit behind a desk serving an earthly master, to waking up to serve God and follow the journey of the his son each and every day is a big step. Going from believing in a power and struggling to keep focused on it, to experiencing the power on a daily basis and sharing it with as many as you meet, where ever you meet is an awakening transition an enlightening transition. Feeling and witnessing the power guiding you into every situation and demonstrating how it always makes and will always make provision for more than we can ever hope or believe. Experiencing in some small way what the Lord Jesus Christ experienced daily. Feeding the hungry, visiting the sick, bringing hope to the lost, giving sight to the spiritually blind and seeing the look on their face when you tell them about the “good news” the perfect world that awaits them. That is the Buzz!! That is the Rush!!
I’m again remembering the freedom we have in Christ. I’m not reminded by an academic study but by a practical application of what we’ve studied, from implementing what he said, living his message of giving, giving his message to others. And this realization is not one I’m experiencing in my head but within my heart and my whole body. And I know that this is what Jesus died for, to create the “kingdom of God” to liberate peoples minds into being givers, that they might fully understand the nature of God through experience, the only way God can be understood after all the law was weak through the flesh but Christ showed us the power through faith. And how do we know faith but through works, and what are works but us giving our lives, our money, our time all that we have for others only to be rewarded by experiencing God himself.
I realize that this is supposed to be a report about the work that I am doing here in South Africa but I feel more compelled to share with you what my experiences have taught me, what I’ve learnt from the journey so far and not just the experience themselves. However I am excited to share with you one of the projects I’m working on, the recording of a Zulu choir here in the Mariannhill Township.
When you spend time with our zulu brothers and sisters it doesn’t take long to realize that they are very expressive whether it be through music, dance, sculpture, textiles or painting. I came out here knowing that I would record this choir but I had no idea of the power and energy that they exude. After any service you leave feeling truly alive. We hope for these recordings to become a very powerful CD that will find itself into many hearts and homes worldwide. And that from the praise and worship of our zulu brothers and sisters, funds will be raised to forward the “Good news”, that all may learn to give and be faithful servants in our fathers Kingdom.. Amen