Minister's Message

Minister's Message

 

As with many of you, I have followed the news about the recent hurricanes including frequently watching the Weather Channel to see the predictions for the paths of the storms. I was particularly interested in the projected path for Irma since many models had it[TK1]  passing over our previous home in Aiken, South Carolina. Bob and I sent numerous texts and made several phone calls to our former neighbors for updates. While Aiken was spared from a direct hit, it did receive considerable wind and rain. Fortunately, our friends and our house are all right, but I wonder whether we spent too much time worrying and not enough time having faith in God and God’s plan for all of us. 

 

Think about the many times God has protected God’s people from potential disasters: in anticipation of the greatest flood of all time, God instructed Noah to build an ark to ensure survival. As we heard about in a Scripture reading recently, God parted the Red Sea so that the Hebrews could safely escape from the Egyptian Pharaoh. God sealed the lips of the lions so that Daniel could survive, and because of their faithfulness, God kept the flames from Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. 


 [TK1]Still, we worry, not just about the destructive forces of hurricanes, but about mundane problems facing us everyday—what will I wear? What will I have for dinner? Who likes me?—instead of having faith that God has a plan for each of us for everyday and everyplace. Remember the words found in Matthew 6: 26 “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

 

                Grace and peace, Barb