Good Folks,it is Friday, July 12, 2019. Weather to be predicted as hot and to get hotter. We should never complain about winter.
Recently, I was in a day-long meeting of the Metro District Committee on Ministry (dCOM). This committee meets year-round to help individuals discern a call to ministry, help folks who are local pastors with yearly visits with the committee as they continue their educational journey and to help candidates for ministry who are at a juncture of having graduated from seminary and moving forward towards being commissioned. There is so much to learn and yet a worthwhile use of time on my part. At the beginning of this meeting, I heard this devotional that I wanted to share by Reverend Rick Hawkins.
Reverend Hawkins used Psalm 61:1-2, which says: Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. From the end of the earth I call to you, when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I;
Paraphrasing: he says that oftentimes we are in neck-deep water in a pond full of alligators. Our lives are busy and complicated and we do not know what to do or where to turn. We move from here to there and stability is nowhere to be found. But it is the rising water of life’s issues that makes one anxious and afraid and terrified. Where do we turn? Whom do we call? What will happen next? I am afraid.
Yet the psalmist relies on God, who hears and leads to a rock that is higher than the present situation.
Many years ago in Corpus Christi, I owned my first and only house. Little did I know or was told was that during heavy rains, this particular corner of the street had poor drainage, which cause water to almost enter the front door. However, a few inches of height made the difference from staying dry or being flooded.
Sometimes, God guides us in His unique and mysterious ways to the Rock (Christ) that is higher than our present situation. Just make the call.
This Sunday I will be preaching from Luke 10:25-37, The Parable of the Good Samaritan. Everyone is someone in this parable.
Remember: God loves you and there is NOTHING you can do about it!
Blessings from Duncanville, Pastor Frank (firstname.lastname@example.org)