Week 11 – Checking in guests at Windermere
I was talking with my Director of Sales at Windermere, Jackie Mathany, and she shared with me her favorite part of Windermere is when she checks in the guests at the front desk. She says it’s a time of joy and anticipation.
I love that picture that Jackie shares. I usually take the time in these blogs to reflect and draw a comparison with our faith. I asked myself – was there a time in Jesus’ life when he was excited to check in at an event. In Matthew 13:3 we read this about our Savior:
Then Jesus went from Galilee to the Jordan River to be baptized by John. Matthew 3:13
I wonder how Jesus felt as he was checking in with John the Baptist to be baptized. Was he excited? Do you think he was joyful? Was he thinking about his life up to that time? I have a feeling he was thinking about where he was going. I am sure he felt the same things we do.
The metaphor is this – I see our guests checking in at Windermere like Jesus standing by the river Jordan.
I would love for the Lord to make Windermere a place like the Jordan River, where commitments become real. Here are three ways that can happen –
1. Windermere can be a place of identification
Jesus carried out his ministry as one of the people. An insider. He lived his life among those who needed to be saved. Why? Because people respond to people who understand them and share similar needs. Forgiveness comes easier when people can identify with the Savior.
PRAYER – Lord please help Windermere to be a place where all guests can identify with a forgiving Savior.
2. Windermere can be a place of submission
I have heard it said, submission to God is not a spectator activity. Jesus submitted to God when he stepped off the shore and into the strong current of the river. The shore is safe. The water is deep. Jesus knew the only way to learn was to submit to the Father.
PRAYER – Lord please help Windermere to be a place where guests can experience a firsthand faith of submission.
3. Windermere can be a place of action
What is remembered about Jesus’ visit to the Jordan River is what he did there – not what he thought or felt. For Jesus the Jordan River is a place of faith put into action. A place of commitment.
PRAYER – Lord help Windermere to be a place where faith becomes real and the trajectory of life turns toward you.
I feel certain that when Jesus checked in at the river Jordan, it was not an ordinary moment. In 2017, I pray that Windermere can be an extra ordinary event for all our guests…the minute they check in at the front desk.
It is always a pretty day at the lake.