Community in Action March 5, 2021

We wait for the Lord;

he is our help and our shield.

In him our hearts rejoice,

for we trust in his holy name.

Psalm 33:20-21

    This week I noticed that sometimes when I am not in a hurry to get to my swimming reservation all the stop lights I come to are green. Other times when I am in a hurry, since my swimming reservation begins and ends at specific time, all the stop lights turn red just before I get there.

    What is that all about? Or perhaps you have a more important appointment than swimming and you still get those red stop lights, at every intersection. Perhaps the item for which you are shopping at Costco is out of stock so you have to set time aside to come another day. Then there are those times when you forgot there was something you needed and it comes to mind as you pass it in the aisle. Or as you travel all the lights are green.

    Our days seemed to be sprinkled with serendipitous events that “just happen” to lighten our mood or our load. I don’t think there is anything wrong in ‘thanking” God for those things. I would say we just need to be careful when things don’t go our way and we begin to curse God.

    Sometimes things just happen. Sometimes we just don’t have an explanation for the “good” things or the “bad” things, but what we can rely on is that God is with us and loves us.

    If the lights are red or the shelves are empty or life seems to be running away from us we can “wait for the Lord” and we will see or find something to assure us God is there. God not only can be trusted, but God has given us a community who care for us, through thick and thin.

    So I encourage you to take the mishaps and the minor frustrations lightly. Take confidence that God is with you. Psalms like 13 and 32, and even 22, the Psalm Jesus quotes on the cross, begin with dishearten statements about the writers circumstances, but they all move towards or end with God’s protection and provision.

    God is for us and God is with us. Let us depend on him during the times of trouble and trial.You are his and he will not abandon you.


    Pastor Randy

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