Friday, January 26, 2007
In our lifegroup is this guy, Mike. Mike is a little scary-looking. He could totally kick your butt. He is big and tough.
Mike started our lifegroup a few months back. He's a relative of our hosts Tonya and Jimmy. He didn't say much that first night. He sat at the kitchen table while I talked with his arms crossed and I don't recall much direct eye contact. Not knowing him or his history I, as usual, stuck my foot in my mouth a few times. Actually had I known his history I would've pretty much said the same stuff anyway.
When I'm teaching it's always encouraging to see nodding heads or smiling faces. Mike looked somewhere over my right shoulder, kind of cocked his head and didn't nod encouragingly.
And I like him immediately.
That was a few months back.
Since then I don't think he's missed a single group. Since then he's been one of the major forces in getting our new church built and ready. And you oughta hear him talk about it. Passion. A servant of the Most High. He blows me away. He makes dry-walling into worship.
We had lifegroup Wednesday night and when we got there, there was Mike. Ready to tell us about what needed to be done, hoping to finish up so we could move in.
After group we got in the car and the Mr. turned to me and said, "Man, Mike is amazing; isn't he?"
He is indeed. He not only knew the scripture we were reading, he knew it backwards and forwards. And what came before. And what comes after. And what it means.
Mike hasn't had a life lived in perfect places. He's made mistakes and he doesn't mind owning up to them. He doesn't say it's all lollipops and pony rides now.
But man, does this guy shine Jesus. It's on his face and in his posture. It's in his words. As he was talking last night, it hit me; this is a gifted man. It's no wonder satan went after him with barrels blazing. He understands grace and God and the Word on a supernatural level. He's a miracle.
Tonya and Jimmy have a picture that Mike drew of a lighthouse. That picture says it all. This lost ship wasn't going to survive too many more storms when it turned toward the lighthouse and salvation.
We talked about David in lifegroup. Mike reminds me of a modern-day David. Mistake-making and God-seeking all in one man. Humbled by mercy and honored to serve. Stronger and wiser than he knows.
I see why hell tried to kill him.
I can't wait to see what he does to satan.
1 Samuel 13:14
...the LORD has sought out a man after his own heart...