August 2016

Little Things from Lisa

Yesterday (June 22nd) I had to postpone leaving for camp one day later.  Today (June 23rd) I had to postpone the pool party another day due to weather.  For a person who lives her life on a tight schedule, you know how I feel about disruptions to that schedule.  

Last night in bible study, we were talking about time also.  How the elections bring this sense of a 4-year section of time for us in our lives.  What will this president do/bring in the next four years?  And then another brought up how in today’s world, we do cut time up into such short increments, such as four years.  Yet as we review our biblical history, time is measured in decades and generations and the much larger implications of our actions over longer periods of time.

All of this becomes more acutely obvious to me as I prepare the sermon on the book of Esther.  Within Esther we find the timeless (pun intended) scripture in 4:14, “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”

Who knows?  God knows.  That is what Mordecai is implying here in this line of scripture.  God knows all about time and the people and places He uses to accomplish His good and perfect will.  I know God uses these little hiccups in my schedule to remind me that my life is not my own.  It is His to be lived on His schedule.  Each disruption in my schedule gives me pause to stop and remember God is in charge.

God also knows about the next four years and what will and will not be accomplished in accordance with His will.  He also knows about the next generations and decades.  That is not to say we should sit back and do nothing.  But it is to say that as we review history, we should seek to learn about doing better to live within God’s long reaching plan for the world; each day, each election, each generation. How will each of us use our time, not only today, but for the overall good of achieving God’s plan that all will come to know Jesus Christ.

If you’ve got time, ponder on that.

Pastor Lisa

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