From the Pastor
From the Pastor:
Was that a dandelion that I saw out in the yard? Is spring really ever going to come? It's usually at this time of year that our levels of anticipation rise a little as we repeatedly say to ourselves and each other: "Is winter over yet?" Of course, we adults know how to be patient, right?
There may be certain other aspects of life that keep you in the "waiting room" for a while: you might be finding hard to deal with a particular individual; you try not to be driven up the wall when your kids turn your hard, all-day cleaning work into a nice dirty mess in 30 seconds; you get yet another cold when you thought that was all over.... You know the feeling right?
It can be a challenge to keep calm, or even silent when facing such obstacles. Perhaps the reason why it's a challenge is not only because we want things to just run smoothly, but because we might be missing out on what the Lord is trying to tell us in the moment.
There were two women, Mary and Martha, who received Jesus into their house. While Mary sat by Jesus' feet hanging onto His every word, Martha was frantically preparing things in the house (Luke 10: 38-42). Sometimes we are like Martha, desperate to get things done, frustrated that others aren't working as hard, impatient when it isn't completed. But yet this is exactly what caused her to miss out on the really good important stuff - faith.
Faith in the Lord is patient, trusting, and calm. It's what helps us step back for a moment and deal with our issues in a productive manner. The idea is that we can be better equipped to handle struggles if we put brakes on the franticness. This way we can be more ready to hear what the Lord is saying, much like Mary at His feet, and this is how we come up with some great ideas! And, winter will soon pass.