Pastor Kerry was speaking, this past Sunday, about the dynamic strength and comfort of hope.
Would you enjoy conversing with your, younger, self? Perhaps at 20 year intervals. What would your 20 year old version of you…tell the 40 year old model? Would the fresh and full of life Mr. or Ms. ’20’ expound to the slightly graying ‘new and improved 40’, all of the possibilities and adventures and victories that were ahead for them as they journey together in time?
Would the older version of you, kindly, tell the younger…’you don’t know the trouble I’ve seen.’ Would, old, Mr. 40 tell his youthful image that life is hard, with little sleep, and working two jobs or overtime…and struggling to keep it all together!
Now would, slow moving Mr. 60 admonish, still physically active, Young 40…to take time to smell the flowers. To focus on enjoying every minute with his family….because the minutes become months that quickly morph into years?
So it is with our hope for the future and our expectations for our faith walk. As we age we become certain that the hopes and dreams of our youth…were a bit overblown and full of the manifest exuberance of hormones and 20/20 vision.
There is a profound variable in our lives journey, and that is God’s perception of the passing of time and our understanding of the experience…is much different.
Did you always believe that God has a plan for your life…look back and you will see his hand.
Has your faith amounted to a study of small things? Often the small things are the most intricate and ornate and beautiful in this life.
I heard a minister preach, in 1970, that Jesus Christ was going to return to the earth and set up his kingdom…in 1975. That was the year that I graduated from Eldorado High School. That was 44 years ago.
If I have learned anything over my 50 year christian journey, it is that God is love, and he loves all of his creation, and if we want to follow in his footsteps, ‘we need to build a bigger table…not a wall.’
‘Jesus said, ‘Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.’ Matthew 17:20