This morning’s journal entry began:

June 1, 2012: the turning point

I hesitated to write it.  I had no idea what it meant.  And only a couple hours later, I still am not sure where it is going or what this turning point looks like.

But today has a soundtrack.  Songs long collecting dust on the mp3 library break through.  New songs and old stir the heart and mind into reflections of God, of who Jesus was as a man and is as God, and the power of the Holy Spirit.

Filtering through my mind and fingers, a re-awakening eeks through the cracks.

This re-awakening of sorts comes with its own soundtrack.  Jimmy Needham performs a song called “Clear the Stage”, a song whose lyrics stop me.  Playing on repeat, God highlights different parts:

Clear the stage and set the sound and lights ablaze

If that’s the measure you must take to crush the idols.

Jerk the pews and all the decorations too

Until the congregation’s few and have revival…


Seek the Lord and wait for what He has in store

and know that great is your reward so just be hopeful…


Take a break from all the plans that you have made

And sit at home alone and wait for God to whisper…

And in a non-sequiter style all His own, the Spirit leads me into the day.  As I go through my normal routine, I set out to share today’s daily devotion–and I stop, and laugh.

Ah, Spirit, You not-so-non-sequiter mover, You.  Having “Clear the Stage” in my mind and heart, the title of today’s daily devotion brings a smile: “Setting the Stage”.

The stage, cleared of idols, can now be set with the wisdom of Proverbs.  Whatever is to come, God is moving.  He is shimmying things around, booting other things, and re-orienting my senses to tune them to His radio frequency more tightly.  A turning point indeed.

Clear the stage.

Set the stage.

Maybe today is your turning point too.


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