We’re moved! We are now living IN the Village. What a mess! Boxes, boxes, boxes. Where’s my pants? Where’s my shoes?
Its overwhelming at times. Starting a new job and moving to a new home are two of the biggest stressors in life. When we get both of them at the same time, well, you know how that feels. Most of you have been through the same thing when you moved. Many of you have moved more times that we have!
Seeing everything into which we have invested so much time and money reduced to cardboard boxes is a gut-check. Its all just stuff. In a hundred years from now, none of it will matter. It will all be burned up. Only eternal things will last.
Yes, we still feel a little bit like that squirrel on an interstate. Closing on a house required us to attend to multiple details. Purging many, many things in order to fit into a smaller house is daunting. Overseeing three days of packing, loading, and unloading is exhausting. Church calendaring, staff meetings, hospital visits, sermon preparation, and budgeting are always before us.
Zoom, zoom go those cars on the interstate. I’m their leader! Which way did they go, George?
So I find great comfort and confidence in this verse:
“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.” Isaiah 12:2
1. We are refocused on eternal results when Isaiah says “God is my salvation.” Salvation is eternal life forever and abundant life now. In all the “stuff,” this must remain our focus.
2. We are refocused on internal attitudes when we read, “I will trust, and will not be afraid.” Attitude, not aptitude, determines one’s altitude. John tells us that perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18). So I chose today to trust the God who perfectly loves me instead of trusting myself which always produces fear.
3. We are focused on our immediate future, our next steps, the living of today when God’s word says, “for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.” So I go through the day humming a chorus of confidence in God or whistling a tune of rejoicing because God is in full control of it all.
We will always have enough time in the day to do what God wants us to do. So if we can’t get it all done, then we are doing things He does not want us to do or we are doing them in the wrong way. We need not to be anxious for anything.
Our Father, You are our source of eternal security, inner peace, and abundant life. Thank-you that you have it all under Your control. Now please help me find my belt.
“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit.” 1 Peter 3:18