Imperfect Worship

i just read this right after i got back from church this evening. it really brought me into a new perspective of the length of time in my life.

no person lives one day more or less than God intends. “all the days planned for me were written in your book before i was one day old” (psalm 139:16)

but her days here were so few…we speak of a short life, but compared to eternity, who has a long one? a person’s days on earth may appear as a drop in the ocean. yours and mine may seem like a thimbleful. but compared to the pacific of eternity, even the years of methuselah filled no more than a glass…

in God’s plan every life is long enough and every death is timely. and though you and i might wish for a longer life, God knows better.

traveling light, by max lucado

the passage reminded me that there is something greater than what i see here on earth. and that my focus should be homeward…where Jesus is. although my life is limited by time, each minute is valuable and i must make the most out of it.

anyway, this evening, during the worship service at the women’s group, i got to think about how we, as “mortal beings” were worshipping the “immortal God”. it wasn’t something scholarly or noble. rather, it was another simple aspect of life that is worth mentioning.

there were about 25 of us sitting in a circle…men and women…young and old…thai and karens…babies and children…all in one room. we were singing a song from the hymnal book. beautiful soprano backed by rich alto, tenor and bass. we were praying for the sick and the oppressed. we were spending “quiet time” with the Lord personally. but in all those moments, there were noises of cell phone ringing, baby crying and children fighting. i was having an 8-year-old girl sitting on my lap. her arms clung around my neck. and she was trying to play with me while i was trying to “worship”.

i must admit that i was a bit annoyed by the distractions. i wanted all to be quiet and focused. but the Lord convicted me. this is a part of the communion. alive and dynamic. worship isn’t a solemn ceremony where we all bow our heads and whisper under our breath. i think worship should be like going to a party – we focus on the person whom we are there for and why we go there at the first place…then be alive…enjoy…and spend the time with the One you love.

1 corinthians 15:45-49 says,

So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being” the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. The first man was of the dust of the earth, the second man from heaven. As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the man from heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so shall we bear the likeness of the man from heaven.

yes, the natural comes first but there is a hope that we will be resurrected with the renewed being…in the heavenly form. but while we are still in this world, sitting in a room full of broken people, cell phones ringing and babies crying, we can be assured that the Immortal didn’t leave us alone. He has given us His own Spirit to dwell WITHIN us…

and that is one big reason we are to continue worshipping our Creator. for we are not perfect, but the One whom we worship IS.


About Mink Gough

"No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined the things that God has prepared for those who love him." 1 Corinthians 2:9 View all posts by Mink Gough

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