I was blessed over the weekend to facilitate a workshop on purpose in dance ministry. I prepared a powerpoint to accompany the dance I choreographed and intended to teach the participants. I arrived early to set up and be ready for the start time. The person who invited me escorted me to the room, and told me she wasn’t sure about how to connect the laptop to the projector. Having done it many times, I responded, “No problem, I think I can figure it out.” She left me to my own devices. I connected everything and while I could see the presentation on the wall, the picture was not in focus. I disconnected everything. I reconnected everything, and still, the picture was distorted. I couldn’t figure it out. The person who invited me returned to the room and asked if everything was okay. I responded, “I can see the picture, but it’s unclear.” She responded, “Well, let me see. If I can’t figure it out, I’ll get someone.” She then walked around to the front of the projector and removed the lens cap. I laughed aloud for several reasons. First, because the person who said she didn’t know what to do, was actually the one who was the fixer. Secondly, the lens cap was clear, such to the extent, it was different from what I’m accustomed to and completely caught me off guard. Finally because isn’t it just like God to provide confirmation that we are going to get where we desire, even when everything has yet come together?!
What might you need to “remove the lens cap” in your life? Low expectations? No expectations? In a deep conversation with someone close to me I challenged the person to stop placing limits on God! Then, I had to remind myself of the same. If in fact we believe that God is in control, and sovereign, then why can’t we believe that he doesn’t require our assistance to move within our lives? What we can do, with the energy that we so desperately need to expend? Get lost in a Psalm 150 kind of praise! It proclaims, “Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.” Through praise we offer glory to God such to the extent that we loose focus on “our next” enabling our mind to focus on “our now,” and our gratefulness for where God has us until He bestows our desires upon us.
Recall the blind man in Bethsaida? Jesus led him outside of the city to heal him! Removing the cap requires us to move to a new dimension of trust in God and to steal away from our traditional systems. This may result in what feels like an isolating time, which is why praise and worship unto God in this space between what was and what is to come is so critical. External to the city, Jesus touched the blind man and asked him what did he see? The man responded, “I see people, they look like trees walking.” This always struck me. It suggests to me that the man hasn’t been blind his whole life, otherwise, how would he know what a tree resembled? We’ve been in the space of not seeing clearly too. So, it is imperative to rely upon our historical narrative with God and remember what He’s done before in our lives. Jesus touched the man a second time and instructed the man to look again. He did and he saw things clearly! Check it out in the eighth chapter of Mark. Just like the man in Bethsaida, just like me with the lens cap, when we are discouraged, frustrated and feeling at our wit’s end, we need to look again, and remove our limited and frustrated thinking. May we be empowered to remove the cap! May we have faith to believe that what we hope for will manifest in our lives. May we hold to God’s promises and look again, in focus!