Recently I heard a great story about three fish.
One day two fish were swimming in the ocean. A third fish swam up to them and gurgled “the water is lovely today, isn’t it?”
They smiled and nodded and the third fish swam on. When it was out of sight, they turned to one another and asked,
Its easy to be unaware of our atmosphere, our surroundings, because we are immersed in it every day. Changes in our spirits and in our communities often happen very slowly, in very small increments. I’ve often said to city reachers that city transformation is not measured in months or years, but in decades. Change takes time, and can be imperceptible as it happens.
That is why it is so valuable to have someone come visit from the outside, look at everything with a fresh set of eyes, and tell you what they see.
Andy Freemen, author of Punk Monk, did just that during the last week. He came, he saw, and he shared with us what he saw God doing in our midst. It was deeply encouraging and really strengthened the hearts of our team. We feel energized to dig more deeply into the work that God has for us here in Hamilton, confident that God is at moving wonderfully amongst us.
Tomorrow, I get to do just the same thing that Andy did. I’m flying to Charlotte, North Carolina to visit my friend Lisa Koons, who runs 24/7 Charlotte.
Joined by USA 24-7 Leaders Joe Steinke and Dave Powers, we are going to hang out with her and her prayer community.
We’re gonna tell her how great the water is. I can’t wait!