Daily Reflections

Weekly Reflection 15 July 2022

Grace and Peace!

In a week of uncertainty and anxiety about the future, I remember a friend of mine would always remind me that there is nothing more constant in life than change. However, I do not think that any of us can foresee that our lives would be changed, or that we would be faced with a time when so much is unknown.

Our foundation can begin to feel unstable when there are more questions than we have answers for.

Most of us like to know the answers to our questions and what the path ahead will look like; not knowing what is coming next makes us uncomfortable. But like most things, not knowing has two sides, and we can choose where we want to put our focus.

The gift in uncertainty is that there is room for the unexpected and miraculous to occur. Even though the conscious part of our brains wants to know the answer and have it all figured out, we can choose to focus ourselves. Just by being aware of our need to know, we can still choose something different.

Once we understand that we have control over what we think, this helps to release the need to control. When we can release the need to know the solution, it opens space for something spiritual and divine to happen. What we are doing is opening a space within our heart to something bigger than us, and trust that there are powers at work on our behalf and in our best interests.

On the flip side, we can give in to the fear that comes with these uncertain times. Fear has a bad reputation, as it is always made out to be a bad thing. That is simply not true, as fear has a purpose in our lives and that is to keep us safe; physically and emotionally.

There are times in our life when we are in immediate danger, such as when a car is coming toward us, or someone is threatening us. Those are the times that require immediate action on your part. However, more often, the fear we have is in our heads. I’m not saying that the fear is not real, but I am saying that we have ruminated about it so much that it is out of control and have lost perspective. This kind of fear is paralyzing us cold in our tracks.

If we can recognize that fear is like a warning system in our car, reminding us that something is trying to get our attention. That is our signal to determine if we are in immediate danger, or if we can pause a moment to determine the source of fear and give it perspective.

We can let go of our need to know what comes next and calm our fears by remembering who God created you to be and the gifts you have been given.

Remember you are resilient.

Call on your faith to guide you.

Call on what you know.

Trust that things are working in your favor.

Imagine the best path forward.

You are called to have faith in what you cannot see, trust in that which is bigger than you and believe in the divine nature of creation.

May you find peace in your worries and anxieties.

Vanda

Church Chatter · Lent

Past Blessings

WEDNESDAY, THIRD WEEK OF LENT

Past Blessings

But take care and watch yourselves closely, so as neither to forget the things that your eyes have seen nor to let them slip from your mind all the days of your life. —Deuteronomy 4:9

In this passage, Moses implores the Israelites always to remember and pass onto their children and their grandchildren stories of the wonderful things God has done for them. This speech comes after God freed them from slavery in Egypt and sustained them on their 40-year journey in the wilderness. Moses’ advice is still good instruction today, especially when things look bleak, and we despair that some difficulty might never end. Remembering—and telling others—what God has done for you in the past can strengthen your trust and their trust that God will continue to do great things in the present and future.

FOR ACTION:

Find a way to share with someone today a story of at least one-way God has blessed you. Invite them to share one or more past blessings with you.

Lent · Priest's Perspective

Lent 2021 9 March and Ark of salvation not a temple of religion

The building of the Temple is a different theme altogether, but I want to think for a moment about the difference between building an ARK of Salvation and a Temple of Religion. For me, the building of the Temple in Jerusalem by Solomon brought about or was a result of a sad shift in thinking, and if you read Nathan’s comments to David on building the Temple: 2 Samuel 7:4-7.  “Are you the one to build for Me a house to dwell in?  For I have not dwelt in a house from the day I brought the Israelites up out of Egypt until this day, but I have moved about with a tent as My dwelling.  In all My journeys with all the Israelites, have I ever asked any of the leaders I appointed to shepherd My people Israel, ‘Why haven’t you built Me a house of cedar?”

Building the Temple in Jerusalem was man’s idea not God’s. You see the body of Christ is meant to be the temple, 2 Samuel 7: 12 and 13. “I will raise up your descendant after you, who will come from your own body, and I will establish his kingdom. He will build a house for My Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.  God is talking about Jesus not Solomon and a people who would be called by His name;” Not a gold gilded building, not a fixed way of thinking, not a cast in stone mindset, for we are a pilgrim people, following God’s lead and going where God sends us.

The ark had no rudder and no sail and yet it came to rest at God’ chosen destination. I am not saying that we must be blown by every wind, but that we must be moved by the Spirit of God to do what God requires. Just as in the desert when the people moved when God called them to move and camped when they were told to camp, we need to be prepared to move with God’s Spirit. This is what repentance is all about, realigning ourselves with God’s plans, his will and his desires for us.

Salvation is a Ark of love, not a temple of self righteousness.

challenge: What is God saying to you and your approach to your life in Christ, as you read this reflection on the Ark?

Let us pray to the Lord.

Loving God,

as we float on the deep waters of life,

we seek the consoling love of Christ, to be our salvation.

Free us from all prejudice and fear, and strengthen us to trust you.

we choose faith and not fear and surrender ourselves to you this day.

Amen.