Somewhere in Kansas on Interstate 35
I’m sitting in bed in the basement of a home in Grandview, Missouri. That is the suburb where the International House of Prayer is. I need to get to sleep as we have an early morning a full day, but I wanted to update you.
We hit four states today, having left north Texas this morning, driving the depth of Oklahoma and quite a bit of Kansas. Of course, we’ve settled in the “Show Me” state.
We got here before 6 p.m., so Laurie (the IHOP veteran) gave us a driving tour. IHOP is actually spread throughout Grandview. The prayer room, auditorium, worship rehearsal site and the university are all at different sites. Laurie took us in to the university, where it seems a graduation dinner was about to commence.
Somebody commented a few weeks ago — when I posted photos from my grandmother’s birthday — that they were happy to see more of my personal life.
For being a blogger, I actually am quite private about some things. But I will admit to you all that I have been discouraged as of late. Our hosts have a wonderful guest apartment in their basement. They serve at IHOP. And as you take the stairs down into the basement, first part of Isaiah 40:31 confronts you:
They that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength…
I am waiting… and I am weary. I smile — yes, smile — to see that the antidote is more waiting. I smile because is speaking to me even though I have felt far and deaf for days.
I also smiled just now as I looked up to verse to verify the text. It is found at the end of Isaiah 40. The beginning of Isaiah 40 is my calling given to me by a teacher in high school. She gave me verse 3 when I graduated… but really it’s 1, 2 and 3… in the context of the whole chapter (from the Complete Jewish Bible):
“Comfort and keep comforting my people,” says your God. “Tell Yerushalayim to take heart; proclaim to her that she has completed her time of service, that her guilt has been paid off, that she has received at the hand of ADONAI double for all her sins.” A voice cries out: “Clear a road through the desert for ADONAI! Level a highway in the ‘Aravah for our God! …”
I am waiting to return to Israel so I may comfort His people. But the path I was sure I was to take has not opened as soon as I anticipated.
So I wait… and I am happy to be in Kansas City for the Israel Mandate conference, as it seems He has strength for me here.
P.S. The key speaker at the conference, David Pawson, will stay on to teach for a week on top of the weekend conference. The extra classes Monday through Friday are free for those in the KC area and will be webcast. Visit the website to see times (CDT) and topics.