Pastor Andrew here with some encouragement for you all this fine July day.
I pray that your 4th of July celebrations were safe! I also pray you still have all the fingers and toes you had on July 3… Most of my childhood 4th of Julys were spent up North at my Great Uncle’s cottage on Lake Maloy. The Summer sun was like a warm fragrance that brought joy and laughter. The water was a place of rest and adventure. We would dive from the dock as far into the lake as we could trying to avoid the seaweed coming from the water’s murky depths. We’d spend hours on paddle boats with nets catching turtles. Or we’d take the pontoon boat into the middle of the lake and jump in! We’d pull ourselves as far down as we could with the anchor rope. I remember the water was always freezing the further down I got!
Celebrating the 4th of July beckons us to reflect on the past, and since my last email encouraged us to look to our future hope, I’d like to spend some time talking about the past. I find it’s much easier to see what God is doing in my life today if I remember the ways He has worked in my life before.
Scripture tells us that God knit us together in the womb, and if that’s true, then God has been working in your life since the beginning! He has shaped you and continues to shape you.
Romans 8:28 says this: “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
You see, God hasn’t called us to traverse life alone. In fact in the beginning, God said ‘it is not good for man to be alone.’ Though the last 3 months, I know many of you have felt alone while we have been in quarantine. Some have felt the weight of isolation more than others, and some have felt it to the point of sorrow.
My encouragement for each of us today is to know that we are not alone. God is at work. God is present. God is with you. God is for you. God Loves You.
I want to ask you, if you’re willing, to reflect on your life. Reflect over the last year; reflect over the last decade. Remember a time when you felt particularly connected with God. Remember a time when you heard God’s Holy whisper a little more clearly than any other time in your life. Remember the subtle signs that told you God was with you in a time of joy or a time of sorrow.
God was with you then, and God is with you now. And if God is with you, then God is shaping you and working all things for good. Rest in that knowledge today. Rest in that knowledge, and know that where you go, Christ already is. And Christ is so full of Joy to be with you, after all, He gave His life to be with you for the rest of eternity!
Have a wonderful week, brothers and sisters!