SERMON FOLLOW UP
From Pastor Carly Bartlett:
During the last few weeks, the Treasure Valley has gotten slammed with snow! The Narnia-like snow is beautiful, but it has also caused some problems for people, especially when it comes to driving! Recently, my husband and I were driving home and came upon a young woman whose vehicle was stuck in the snow. By the time we arrived, it was clear that she had been spinning her wheels for quite some time, with no luck of getting out. Mike pulled over and worked on digging out her car. Unfortunately, by spinning her wheels she had caused her car to go so deep in the snow that the only solution was for her to get towed.
This last Sunday morning, Pastor Jerry shared a great message with us on the topic of worry! As I processed the message, I thought about the young woman who was stuck in the snow. She revved her engine and spun her wheels, but she remained at a standstill. I think the same goes for worry! Sometimes, we get into slippery situations, and spinning our "mental wheels" doesn't do us any good. We put all of this time and energy into processing and analyzing, but we have no forward motion. Instead of worrying, God calls us to rest and wait for Him. I suppose in this analogy, He is the Mighty Tow Truck Driver! After all, He is the Deliverer! When we rely on His wisdom and guidance, our circumstances lose their power over us. We stop spinning our wheels! Fretting and worrying are no longer necessary when we put our full trust in our all powerful, faithful, loving God.
Saint Augustine once prayed, "You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you." When difficult or unforeseen circumstances arise, God does not ask us to analyze, control, or try to come up with a solution. Instead, He simply invites us to rest. He is in the business of redeeming, restoring, and reconciling. He is trustworthy, and in all seasons He whispers to us, "Be still and know that I am God."
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