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Message for June 28, 2020
I would like to share with you something I've learned during this time of COVID 19 and the numerous precautions we have had to undertake to guard against it. Perhaps I shouldn't say "learned" because I've known this principle for a long time, but over the recent weeks the Lord has impressed it deeper into my being so that I have been able to embrace it more fully than ever before. As a result, I am more at peace in spite of everything going on both around me and in the world. But before I share it, I first need to talk a little about our garden.
Back at the end of May we prepared our garden area for the upcoming planting. The soil was dug up, raked, and fertilized. It looked the way garden soil should look, a nice uniform brown all over. Then we put in our plants and seeds. After a short time the seeds germinated and green sprouts began to show. So far so good! But it wasn't long before we also got what we didn't plant or want. Weeds! And more weeds! That meant more work. You have to get rid of them or else they will choke the good plants and rob them of valuable nutrients. But I worry that in pulling them out I might also pull out some of the good young plants (which I've done many times in the past). I also worry about critters that think the garden is their own private smorgasbord. After all, they're too smart to bother eating the weeds.
Isn't life a lot like that? You do everything right, follow the rules, sow seeds of good works, and what happens? Not only do you see good fruit from your labors, but you also get weeds. And not just any weeds. These are the worst kind. Weeds of worry! These weeds rob you of joy, peace, and spiritual nourishment. They draw you away from God and get you to focus on worldly issues and fears about the future. "What if?" is constantly on your mind. What if I said or did the wrong thing, or my efforts aren't good enough, or God calls me to do something I really don't want to do? What if I get the virus? What will tomorrow bring? Or any of a number of other issues that trouble us and give us cause to worry? It's not hard to get into that frame of mind just paying attention to the news of the day. Unfortunately, I fell into that trap. I worried about what this country was turning into culturally, what will happen if this "social distancing" goes on for much longer, and what impact all of this will have on Second Baptist, as well as a number of other things. These are all genuine concerns, but not worthy of worry!
And that's the thing I "learned". I must not worry about anything over which I have no control. Is God sovereign and still on the throne? Of course He is! That means He is in control, not me. I can't "fix" any of these things. And apart from Him, I can do nothing. But He has everything well in hand, regardless of whether or not I understand what is happening around me. I can trust Him with every aspect of my being and every circumstance of my life. Once I let go of my worries and acknowledged His sovereignty over all of creation, I was no longer troubled; I am at peace again, and His joy returned. Everything will work out perfectly according to His will. I only need to be attentive to Him and trust Him unconditionally. So no more weeds of worry for me! Although I still have to contend with the ones in the garden.
Have you "learned" anything during this time as I have? If so, I would encourage you to share it with Donna so she can include it in her daily emails. In that way we all would benefit and be encouraged as we go through this trying time together.
Blessings to all,