ECHO DEVOS

BLITZ THE HARBOR

I love the waves.  

Since I've been a little boy, I have been enamored by the power, pressure, and intensity of waves.  

I grew up in Central Wisconsin in a family who didn't have much, but who understood how to have fun. In fact, if I had a dollar for every time my father told me, 

"Andrew, if you want to have fun, you have to make fun,” 

I'd be a rich man. Anyway, my dad helped us boys create adventures.  We always bought used and fixed up anything and everything….only to break it later and start over. 

One particular time my dad bought my brother and I windsurf boards, and during that summer he'd drop us off at our aunt and uncle’s house who lived on the river and let us have at it. 

Most days the wind was mild and the waves were virtually non-existent, but on occasion it got crazy.  

At ten-years-old, these windsurf sails were so hard for me to lift up out of the water, let alone on a windy day, but that didn't stop the most stubborn boys on the river.  

When I had enough luck to pick up the water-soaked sail, while maintaining balance, and muscling through the wind and the waves, I'd go flying over the Wisconsin River.  

It was amazing! 

At the same time, I loved and hated the struggle because on occasion, I'd sail far away from shore without being able to return, as I had spent all of my energy.

It was the worst, but I had an older brother.  

An older brother who would bail me out and would drag me in.   

Sometimes that's how our lives turn out.  

We're excited and invigorated one moment, then a moment later defeated, stranded, and burnt out. 

Anyone relate? 

In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus is interacting with his disciples and tells them to go bravely into the wild.   

Mark 6:7 Calling the Twelve to him, he began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over impure spirits. 

These were his instructions: “Take nothing for the journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in your belts. Wear sandals but not an extra shirt.”

How invigorating!  On top of their world, living with purpose, yet a few verses later we read that they'd be thrown into disarray.  We learn that a massive wave of chaos hit the region.  

John the Baptist was executed, and his head was delivered on a platter. I can’t imagine how Jesus’ followers would have felt when they heard that news.  

Fear was probably at the top of their list of emotions due to their association with John the Baptist.     

Let me suggest that this was the reason why the disciples went out two by two. I believe Jesus had the inside scoop and knew that this chaos would come. 

God knew that they would need each other in that moment, that the waves and winds would overwhelm them. 

I believe that Echo Church is to a be church where we do life two by two.  

  1. We are on a mission -  We are called to brave the waves together while rescuing others.  I recently heard Pastor Jim Wilkes say that, 

"Church is not meant to be a Yacht Club but a Rescue Station."   

When I heard him say that during that church service, this dropped into my heart: 

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It's time to blitz out of the harbor  

With rescue in mind 

Miracles on the horizon

Just enough resources for one-way 

Sink deep

Row hard

Reach wide

Step out

Waves high 

Sails pulled 

Fear high

Shout for joy 

The Guide 

The Light 

The Lord 

Victory is in Jesus. 

2.  We are best together.  Let’s lean in on each other.  Let’s understand that our differences are what makes our unity so unique.  Let us be a people who define ourselves with what we are for and not what we are against. 

Let me remind you that the waves and winds will come, but we will not be defeated.  

Let’s stand together as we do life together. 

The dark and chaotic waters aren't as dangerous if we hear each other.   

Pastor Andy Cass