During a prayer meeting recently I was led to the following scripture
Romans 15:32 (NASB)
“so that I may come to you in joy by the will of God and find refreshing rest in your company.”
The apostle Paul was clearly thinking about what the ideal way would be to arrive in the company of the Romans and the fact that after being away on assignment he would be looking for a decent rest
This made me think about what it would be like at various levels of relationship in my life. When people come into contact with me, do they find refreshing rest or are they met with a hurricane of activity.
I believe we can think about this in the various relationships that surround our lives.
Firstly, what’s my company like at a personal level? Does my spouse find refreshing rest around me. I’m sure that there are times when it’s been more like a hurricane for them.
Secondly, how about my immediate family? What is my son or daughter’s experience of being in the company of their father? Are they more relaxed having been in my company or more frustrated with my ability to create an atmosphere of refreshing rest?
Thirdly there are my close friends and those people who I hang out with regularly. Does the way I conduct myself create an atmosphere where it is easy for them to find refreshing rest as a natural consequence of us hanging out together or are they looking to move away to find a place of peace.
Lastly, what it’s like in the Stairway community? We have a prophetic word about our community being a wellspring. So what’s it really like when people are in our collective company? What’s the atmosphere we create by the way we care for each other, talk with each other and help each other. Do people feel as though getting the task done in Stairway is more important than a relaxing journey with people? Is there room for us to learn how to journey with each other in a way that we could be a community where the apostle Paul would love to come and find refreshing rest.