My small group leader prayed for me tonight. His prayer was exactly what I needed. The analogy he used was perfect. He said in his prayer for me, exactly what I had been thinking but didn't have the words for at the time.
Right now I have so much information and ideas....
......I need to go through the "sugaring process."
Sap comes out of the sugar maple tree, but can't be used directly on pancakes, it needs to be refined.
I have way too much information. The real message that I want to share, that I feel God leading me to share is getting lost in all the other stuff that is there. Maybe some of that other stuff is for me to learn, and store in my own heart for some other time.
But there is some stuff that I know is there for those who listen to me that weekend. There is some stuff that is for some others who might hear it before or after.
I need to spend this time organizing, straightening out, and clarifying what I already have written down.
More than that, I have to get concise. I have to boil off the water, and the impurities, to get down to the real, deep sweetness at the center of what God has given me to say.
I want to pure sweetness of God's word to be tasted. I want the Spirit to so speak through me, that no matter how my presentation actually goes, whether I get good "ratings" or not, God has been heard, using my voice as His instrument.
More than anything, I would love to have one person hear my testimony and see that God can heal and redeem anything, and can break the chains of bondage surrounding their heart. I want one person who hears my teaching talk to realize, not only in their head, but their heart that not one thing could separate them from the love of Christ, and that they are overwhelming victors in the middle of whatever junk they are going through... whether they feel it emotionally or not.
That would the message of each of my talks. Right there.
Hmmm. That is under the time limits of 3 and 5 minutes.
You think that would fly?
No. Probably not.
Oh well, it was worth a try!
But seriously. If I can take the scriptures I have and show those things, flesh them out some, and bring it back to the main point.
God's power in us brings us the victory.
His Spirit in us gives us the strength to stand in the midst of the pains and trials.
Nothing the world can throw at us will separate us from His love.
He breaks the shackles binding us.
He sets us free to tell others of His wonderful deeds, and His reckless love for us.
That would be sweet!
The extra sap of overflowing thoughts and information boiled down to the pure, dark, sweet maple syrup of the truth of God active, through His Word, and in the lives of all of us.