From the Pastor’s Desk:
It is hard to believe that we see Summer in the rearview mirror. Time passes so fast and the older you get the faster it seems to go. Oh, how I want to be a kid again who cannot wait for the days to pass until they are older, school is out, or even the weekend to get here.
In general, we tend to be people who focus on the future. One hour, one day, one year, it doesn’t matter we are constantly searching for what is on the horizon. If you focus the lens of your camera on something in the distance that which is closest becomes very blurred. So it is with our lives. Constantly focused on the tomorrows makes it impossible for you to see how beautiful the present is.
Scripture tells us in Matthew 6:33-34 “Instead, desire first and foremost God’s kingdom and God’s righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore, stop worrying about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (https://www.biblegateway. com/passage/?search=Matthew+6%3A25-34& version=CEB) As a self-identified control freak I really struggle with this. I like to have a plan, backup plan then a backup to the back up and so forth.
It was popular to say, “Jesus take the wheel”, I am guilty of saying this myself but in reality, it is more like when I was a child, and my father would let me “drive” from the bridge to our home. I would sit on his lap, and I would turn the wheel while he operated the gas and brake. I felt like a race car driver managing the turns at Watkins Glenn there on his lap. In truth I had no control over the car, he made sure that I thought I did.
We are the same in our faith. God has allowed us to sit upon his lap and pretend to be the drivers of our lives when if he turned it over to us completely, we would have our lives to look more like demolition derby than a NASCAR race. Someday when He calls us home, we will see the truth that he was there the entire time and though we can bang up our lives.
To steal a phrase from a popular song “Don’t worry be happy.” We need to learn to enjoy the ride knowing God is there the entire time. We have Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up soon. One is giving thanks and the other has become a list of wants. Make sure that the first and greater than the last.
I better get back to work please join me in prayer “Help me to not worry about tomorrow but
Instead focus on what you’re doing in my life right now. I want to trust in your promise to take care of every one of my needs. Help me to trust you more and worry less. I pray in Jesus’ Name
AMEN!” Remember I love you, but God loves you more.