What do you do when a new thing comes your way? Dodge? Dip? Run? Deny? Refuse? Or flat out say no? Pastor Jenn Wager, of Barrie Free Methodist, is working hard to keep our congregation focused through this rocky time. (Sigh, why does the use of a certain word put me into ice cream land, as in Rocky Road ice cream? But I digress!)
The Pastor does her Facebook shows at different locations and she wanted to do the show at my house July 29. I would participate! My first panicked thought was “I will have to clean the house!’ The second was “what if I make a mistake on air!” My third was “what on earth will I wear? I haven’t dressed up since March!” I had lots more inner turmoil, but I won’t bore you. I am sure you can imagine.
The passage on topic was Psalm 25:1-5. I prepared as I always do by reading the passage over and over, in several different versions, then I did a Precept Bible study on it. I read it aloud, I prayed. I did everything I could to prepare. In spite of that, it took me a while to apply it personally! See for yourself.
In you, Lord my God, I put my trust. I trust in you. (Psalm 25:1-2, NIV)
Now there is the answer to all my panic but I was so slow to apply it to myself. It goes on.
No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame. (Verse 3) That means me -and you- too!
The verses continue with words like show me, teach me, guide me. (verses 4-5)
But why would God do all this? Not because I cleaned house, or wore the right outfit. No. nothing but the truth of verse 5.
For you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. (Psalm 25:5b, NIV)
Friends, you can probably still find the show on Facebook at Barrie Free Methodist Church, July 29.
I hope it gives you courage when God presents you with a new challenge. The one and only thing to remember is this. For you are God, my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.
Prayer- God, we will move forward in you, always, into the new things you offer us in Christ. Amen.