As many of you know, we had some technical difficulties in our traditional worship service yesterday. Frank was out of town enjoying some much deserved time off to relax, and our sound technician was also out of town. So of course on the day that our sound tech was gone, we had trouble. Murphy’s law always prevails. We had ear-splitting feedback at the very start of the service, microphones didn’t work, and the stress was exacerbated by one less hour of sleep, thanks to daylight saving time.
So there I was sitting on the stage, listening to the choir sing, trying to mentally prepare to preach. I was not successful at first. It seemed like the more I tried to get in the focused mindset I needed to have, the more I felt very distracted and frustrated and tired. It was in this moment that God showed up. I am so glad that God had led me to preach from Isaiah yesterday. I love the book of Isaiah, and it was in this moment of stress that a different part of Isaiah came to mind: “Do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10 (NRSV)
I couldn’t remember this passage verbatim at the time, but in that moment I remembered the words, “Do not fear, for I am with you.” I was comforted by this. Mostly I was reminded that small technical glitches were irrelevant in the big picture. In the midst of chaos and stress, I found the peace of God that passes all understanding. Knowing that God loves you is a powerful thing, and knowing that God will answer when you call changes the way you react to many things, especially stress.
Wherever you are on this Tuesday, I hope that you are comforted by these words from Isaiah. God is with you, God loves you and I am glad to be a part of this wonderful church family.
Have a wonderful week my friends,