We are SO thankful for Angie Auman in our Church and what she brings to the table! She is currently a pastoral intern under Mel and to know her is to love her. Her willing open heart has made a way for God to move through her to love and encourage others.
When you hear the word rise, what do you think of? Chances are you think something different than the person sitting next to you. Rise can mean so many things. For instance, it can mean to go up (sunrise) or it can mean increase (rise in gas prices), in other instances it can mean enlarge (dough rising). Did you know there’s even a TV show and a Katy Perry song that share the name?
When considering what the word rise means to me, I imagine getting up from a seated position or even the phrase ‘rising to the occasion’. Together these two descriptions led me to an account in John 13. John 13:3 says, Jesus knew that the Father had put him in complete charge of everything, that he came from God and was on his way back to God. So he got up from the supper table, set aside his robe, and put on an apron. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the feet of the disciples, drying them with his apron.
Here we read that Jesus made a choice to rise up from the table in order to demonstrate yet again, what perfect love looks like. Knowing the pace at which the clock was closing in on him, he wastes no time. He remains fully convinced of the purpose in the massive mission set before him. If you were in charge of everything, what kinds of choices would you make? If I were in charge of everything, I certainly wouldn’t be eating dinner with someone who I knew would betray me, much less wash their feet! However, Jesus, the King of Kings, radically loves all of them to perfection. What could he have been thinking? What doubts or desires must he have had about rising to this specific occasion being fully human?
Lamentations 3:25-26 says, “God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits, to the woman who diligently seeks. It’s a good thing to quietly hope, quietly hope for help from God.” When I first read that verse I remember reading it, “to the man who patiently waits” and then I reread it. Nope, that verse says to wait passionately. Knowing the character of Jesus and how he conducted himself in this world, I am convinced that he passionately waited until the time was right to rise up from the table.
The Selah Conference is not something that a group of us just decided we wanted to do. The Selah Conference was birthed out of passion. We have a deep desire to see women of all walks of life coming together in unity to focus on what really matters. Our heart is to lift high the name of Jesus and pause in his presence.
This year's theme RISE was laid before us while reading Proverbs 31, “She rises while it is yet night…because she senses the worth of her work…She equips herself with strength [spiritual, mental and physical fitness for her God-given task]...”
What a beautiful picture this paints for us. Like Jesus, we too can choose to rise, in whatever capacity that means to you, fully equipped and prepared to accomplish the task that God has for us. I pray that you will be inspired to rise up, take a step forward in faith, trusting God will meet you. I pray that you will rise up and appreciate new perspective. I pray that you will rise up fully convinced that your work has worth and that God is capable of doing all he's promised whether you know or you do not know what's set before you.
We as a team have been waiting passionately for this conference and are so honored to be part of seeing how He's called you in this season of your life to rise.