March 16, 2020
Because of the current coronavirus pandemic we find ourselves in a time of great uncertainty. Life is not the same today as it was a week or two ago and we are uncertain what it will be like in the coming days and weeks. Even though I’m still a couple weeks away from officially being your pastor I wanted to encourage you by reminding you of an instance from the life of Jesus and his disciples. (You can read about it in Matthew 14:22-32)
In this passage Matthew writes of how, at the close of an exciting day of Jesus feeding over 5000 with just 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish, He “made the disciples get into the boat” and go without Him to the other side of the lake. You’d think that if you’re sent by Jesus that all would be well, right? Not always and not in this case for when the boat was in the middle of the lake – in the dark of night – it and its occupants were being buffeted by wind and waves. Though the disciples were unable to see Jesus in the midst of this trial He saw them and was on His way to them – walking through the very wind and on the waves which buffeted them.
This story is a great reminder to us that even in the darkest of times Jesus sees us and will provide for us. We might not see anything beyond the wind and the waves but the eyes of Jesus are always on us.
It also tells us that Jesus came walking to His disciples upon the very things that buffeted them – the waves. Through their uncertainty producing trial Jesus showed up on those waves in such a powerful way that the story ends with them recognizing Jesus as truly being the Son of God and worshiping Him.
So in the darkness of uncertainty never forget that Jesus sees you and is with you. And watch for Him to reveal Himself in many different ways that will leave you worshiping and praising Him.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me.” (John 14:1)
Dianne and I anticipate closing on our house later this week and moving sometime the first part of next. Keep us in your prayers and we keep praying for you.
See you soon! – Pastor Bruce