I returned home on Monday night from an incredible fortnight with the Mission Possible team for the YMCA Europe Festival in Prague. It was a wonderful time and when I woke up on Tuesday morning and made my way into work it felt like I was missing a limb.
The one thing that made it so fulfilling was that the entire time with the team seemed to be non-stop worship of God. Whether we were eating, team building, planning, singing, dancing, discussing, acting, preaching, playing, laughing or crying God was in the centre of it all and so it just felt good and right the whole time.
So as I drove to work feeling a definite sense of loss I realised, as amazing as the people were and as much as I am bereaved by the absence of their companionship, it was actually the tangible image of God shining through them that seemed to be slipping away and was causing this sadness.
Of course, God is not fleeting and is still to be found in the slightly more mundane of life. It just takes a little more effort not to be distracted by the less meaningful and to continue living purposefully in the presence of God. I had a beautiful evening with 5 Black Country friends from church last night, again because God was in the middle of what we were doing.
The truth is that Mission Possible continues wherever God is acknowledged and I look forward to endless more Mission Possible experiences on my own, with my own wonderful family, with my lovely colleagues and with my inspiring church.
I still miss my friends though.