"Disturb us, Lord, when we are too well pleased with ourselves,
when our dreams have come true because we have dreamed too little,
when we arrive safely because we sailed too close to the shore.
Disturb us, Lord, when with the abundance of things we possess,
we have lost our thirst for the waters of life, having fallen in love with life, we have ceased to dream of eternity, and in our efforts to build a new earth,
we have allowed our vision of the new heaven to dim.
Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly, to venture on wider seas, where storms will show your mastery, where losing sight of land, we shall find the stars. We ask you to push wide our hopes, bring us to where you are- disturb us Lord.
This we ask in the name of our Captain, who is Jesus Christ."
I love the lyrics of this song based on the prayer written by Sir Frances Drake in 1577 as he was at sea. Its words convict me. How easy it is for me to get sucked into the the day to day routine of my life. This world tells my head to spend my time dreaming of vacations, to stay inside where it is safe and warm and watch movies all day – to chase after temporary comfort, security, and entertainment. My head tries to dull the eyes of my heart to not see what God is calling me to.
This song makes my heart cry out, "Wake up! Dare to dream, and hope and chase after God. There is an urgency here you have forgotten! Share God's glory, share His glory.... do not rest till all the nations have heard His name! God wants all of you, don't lose sight of His love, His dreams, His plans. He is your Captain."
The world wants us to fall in love with all its wonder; after all, it is the only place we have ever known. And it's a world that puts God in a box and says that He doesn't work, or that He never was. We learn to be more brokenhearted about TV and movie characters (or that our team did not make it to the Super Bowl) than about our neighbors – becoming numb to the true urgency of getting the Gospel to generations of people around the world. We are bombarded with distractions constantly and naturally forget that God is real, that He wants us, and that He really answers prayer.
But our God is more wonderful than all the wonder of this world, and our God can heal our divergent hearts! Our God who can roll away the stone of death, who can speak us into existence, who can part the sea, He is greater than all that. How crazy is it that this daring God invites us to be daring in Him, in His strength, in His power. He wants us to keep our eyes fixed on Him so He can reflect Himself into the world. He wants to remind us that Heaven awaits.
Dare to dream bigger with us. Dare to boldly venture with us. Dare to chase after the lost with us. Take three minutes right now to join us. There are 95 days until we hope to leave but just 37 days left till we need to reach our monthly budget set by Wycliffe. If we don't have 100% in place at that time, we will not be released to go to PNG in time for the May training and may be delayed until September. Let's boldly seek the Lord for 100% of our Wycliffe budget in these 37 days... there's less than $1,100 a month left to go! Let us be brave in asking for big things! Let's pray together to see and reflect God in greater ways. This we ask in the name of our Captain, who is Jesus Christ.