It’s funny what we take for granted. For instance, if you live in Northeast Georgia like we do, you take for granted that you will be able to eat tomato sandwiches every day from June to August if you want to. Homegrown tomatoes are everywhere this time of year. They’re at roadside stands, farmers’ markets, grocery stores, and in friends’ gardens. I can’t grow tomatoes, myself, so I get blessed by the overflow from those friends who can. It’s so easy to get used to having fresh, juicy tomatoes any time you want… until you go somewhere that doesn’t have tomatoes.
I just got back from Seattle where food is in abundance. There are organic, farm fresh fruits and veggies everywhere. I ate fingerling potatoes dug fresh from the dirt and ate salads from lettuce growing right out in the garden. We ate an amazing and delicious variety of the freshest food you could imagine… but no tomatoes. I was so surprised by the number of fruitless tomato plants I saw everywhere. Why? Because tomatoes need lots of sun, and the sunny season in Seattle doesn’t really get started until July. I was shocked by that, and I realized how fortunate I am to live where tomatoes grow easily (except in my yard) and in abundance.
Okay, so you’re probably thinking I got the wrong blog site and what in the world do tomatoes have to do with church or spiritual issues? Well, I’ll tell you… not everyone has what we have. You can grow so accustomed to having something in abundance that you forget how valuable it really is. Maybe you stop being impressed by how much spiritual fruit is popping up in the lives of all the people around you. Healing and deliverence might become commonplace. A powerful sermon and an anointed prayer line could become yawners for you if you get so used to them that you stop celebrating them. Sometimes, one of the best things you can do is go away to a place where what you have does not exist. When you see that other people don’t have what you have, then… THEN…you realize just how priceless and precious what you have really is and you stop taking what you have for granted.
When I walked back into the sanctuary at Gateway on the Sunday morning after my trip, I realized how much I had missed the corporate anointing and the apostolic ministry we have here. I missed worshipping my God with my church family. I felt, in my spirit, revivied and refreshed in a powerful way just by walking through the doors. There isn’t a place like Gateway anywhere close to where my family lives in Seattle. Nothing. I forget sometimes that not everyone has the opportunity to sit under a powerful ministry like ours…. and I’m thankful. I’m very thankful for Gateway and the anointing that is unique to this house.
After my vacation, I’m determined more than ever NOT to take what I have for granted… not in the spirit and not in the natural. Now for a tomato sandwich!!
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