Cause to Pause

Reflections On Our Life in Jesus Christ

Today’s Bible Reading (from Biblegateway.com): Joshua 19-21; Luke 2:25-52
Wednesday’s: Joshua 22-24; Luke 3

These are strange times indeed!  An enemy we can’t even see has disrupted our comfortable lives of order and habit and has successfully caused anxiety, discomfort and an increased amount of stress.  On one level, we can’t even put our finger on it – why our stress levels have risen.  I think that’s one reason there’s been such a run on toilet paper – we don’t really know what to do, but do something we must – “Hey, I can make sure I have enough TP!”  Then we don’t feel so helpless.

Spring break plans have been shattered.   Plans for a mission trip to Panama in July have been canceled.  Schools in this area are suspended until April 15th.  Restaurants are closing; Wal-Mart’s shelves are eerily barren.  We’re streaming our worship service to the vast majority of our members.  I could go on, but you get the point.  And I’m not telling you anything anyway.  You’ve seen much of this for yourselves.

“These are the times that try men’s souls.”[1]  This is the type of scenario that separates the faithful from the fraud.  Does your “faith look up to” Him, as we sometimes sing?  If it’s true that “this world is not my home”, then what’s the big deal?  I know.  Maybe I’m being over simplistic.  But am I, really?  Was Paul just being “theoretical” when he told us to “Be ANXIOUS for NOTHING, but in everything by prayer and supplication WITH THANKSGIVING let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall GUARD YOUR HEARTS and YOUR MINDS in Christ Jesus”? (Philippians 4:6-7, NASB).

Yes, the times are strange and unsettling, but God is near, and He loves you immensely.  All will be made well as long as our faith continues to “look up to” Him.

Best regards,
Mark Dillman
Minister, Airport Rd. Church of Christ

[1] Thomas Paine