Today's Lectionary Text
Because you have made the Lord your refuge,
For he will command his angels concerning you
Those who love me, I will deliver;
In the dark moments of the soul, the bleak midwinter times of life, we hear these words and our reaction is more “Sure, God, I’ll believe it when I see it”, instead of faithfully believing and uttering the words, I believe, but help my unbelief. (Mark 9:24) Life has such a way of changing the play just as we are settling into a nice steady routine!
Our calmness changes into rants of “You said God that You would protect me, rescue me! You said you would answer me – so where are You, God?” “I don’t hear You, God!”
One of the challenges we face in this fix-it, fast-paced, drive-thru world we live in, is that we forget that God’s perfect timing can’t be set by our watch. We can’t go through the nearest drive thru and pick out “our” answer, because it isn’t “our” answer that we really need. It’s God’s answer we are seeking.
When our belief becomes a faithful belief, then we are able once again to hear God’s voice, I’ll rescue you, I’ll protect you, I’ll answer.
-- Rev. Hollie Tapley, disaster response coordinator
Prayer for Reflection
Sustaining God help us to remember that all is unrevealed until its season, something You alone can see. Amen.
Editor's note: This devotion originally was published on Oct. 18, 2018.
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