January Forecast: “Dis-Located”

Dislocated - Jan 2010 - theStory

Wrong place at the wrong time. It’s unavoidable, but most if not all, of us have been there at one time or another. Feelings of powerlessness, second-guessing and ‘what if’s’ dominate our minds as we cobble together a method of escape. Things are out of place. We’ve been Dis-Located, and it hurts. Israel knew this pain well. Better known as exile, their Dis-Location (particularly) in Babylon created a ripple effect of anger, self pity, false hopes and sheer misunderstanding. In addition to these uneasy feelings, Jeremiah the prophet delivered a message from God that was less than expected: Sink roots. Plant gardens. Have kids. Love your neighborhood. This is where you’re supposed to be…oh, and by the way I put you here Myself. This month, we’ll be using Jeremiah 29:4-14 as a springboard into an honest and transparent conversation about what it means for us and our church to truly be the local, flesh on bone incarnation of the living Christ. To move away from the anti-kingdom notions of self-centered, escapist, Dis-Located lives. To move from just living here, to being invested here. From merely tolerating Sarnia to taking a bullet for her. To be mindful of God’s bigger plan, and not just our own personal welfare. We’re not meant to Dis-Located lives. Sink roots. Plant gardens. Have kids. Love our neighbourhoods. This isn’t the wrong place at the wrong time. This is where we’re supposed to be. This is where God has put us.