Courage and Trust
“Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters…
for you shall go out in joy and be led back in peace.” Isaiah 55:1,2
No one in sound mind really asks for trouble, do they? We may enter troubled places, but we do not desire trouble. We do not look for problems, because enough of them land on our doorstep anyway. Or, as Jesus said, “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today” (Matthew 6:34).
Amen to that. This fall, we have faced powerful storms that do not feel like refreshing waters. They are trouble, and they worry us. Today the damage left in the path of Hurricane Florence challenges us. It is time for the church to be the church, to enter places of suffering and try to help. That is what we do as people of faith.
So we are not naïve about coming to the waters. At this time, our congregation is in a “season of renewal.” We are exploring what matters most to us, what we call our “ministry priorities.” We are taking a serious look in the mirror to see if the values of those priorities are truly reflected there. If not, together we will face what we must do about it.
We are asking the same thing of every church member. Take a deep breath this season. Examine your heart and values. Allow yourself to be renewed. That renewal might be challenging and hard, or it may comforting and welcome. Or it may be a little of both. Whatever – when we know that we are thirsting for something more real and lasting in our lives, and when we dare to come to the waters, we will go out in joy and be led back in peace.