Community in Action October 8, 2020

Today I woke up weary. It wasn’t that I was still sleepy, I had a good night’s sleep. It wasn’t low blood sugar for we had an excellent meal last night, a taco salad with blue corn chips, black beans, all with a yogurt salsa dressing. It was’t that I didn’t have some exciting things to do today, I was actually scheduled to go swimming.

    Maybe it was a bit of frustration because the 1,000 piece puzzle Joan and I are working on is extremely challenging. Maybe it was some anxiety about the upcoming weekend with a memorial of a good friend or the upcoming series on the prophets. It maybe the continuing pandemic or the unrest in our nation or the upcoming election, all these seemed to weigh on me.

    I decided to turn to my Daily Prayer app and began reading Psalm 97:

    The LORD reigns, let the earth be glad; let the distant shores rejoice. Clouds and thick darkness surround him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.

    God is still in control. God is still active in our lives. God will bring bring us together and God will make all things right. The last chapter of history is in God’s hands. That is what I can hold on to. That is what I can depend on. This is what gives me the courage to keep on.

    So this morning I put on my Micah 6:8 shirt my oldest daughter gave me for my birthday. It reads, “To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” That is what God asks of us.

    I headed out to swim a bit more buoyant than when I got up and as I checked in to swim the girl behind the monitor said, “Nice shirt.” I felt less weary and once in the pool I decided to do my usual challenge of 90 laps.

    I completed my swim challenge and by the time I was done swimming I was energized for the day. While swimming I formulated my words for the memorial, I became excited about the upcoming series on the prophets and I was now ready for another day.

    Weariness happens. We all get worn down by the obligations we have, the constant uncertainty of what they day will bring let alone the future of our lives in the next year. It seems the changes of our own growth, spiritually, emotionally, and intellectually is too slow. Sometimes when the circumstances around us change for the better, it is short lived. And we know there will be new challenges which will test our abilities, but God is with us.

    So this is why I hold onto the words found in Psalm 97, to remind me that even though the kingdom of God is slowly unfolding (sometimes too slowly) here on earth it will come to completion when God says it is time. Until then we continue to have our character molded and our hearts strengthened because of the encouragement of the Holy Spirit.

    Let us lean in to that promise of Jesus, “I will be with you till the end of the age (Matthew 28:20b).” Let us keep the faith and carry on.

    Peace to you,

    Pastor Randy

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