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Midweek Moment

Midweek Moment - April 1, 2020

Let the one who walks in the dark,
   who has no light,
trust in the name of the Lord
   and rely on their God. (Isaiah 50:10b)

There's a reason why night lights are so popular. We have multiple in our home, even one that looks like a friendly bunny.

Many young children are afraid of the dark ... some adults are too! The darkness, whether it's in a bedroom or a dark alley, doesn't feel reassuring to us- we like to know what's ahead. And yet, our cultural moment leaves us desperate for light, craving for clarity.

Nobody on the planet today knows what tomorrow brings, whether it's about our health, our financial state, or changes to our routines. It’s normal to feel restless. You might want to hold back on hope for fear that God can’t or won’t act.

This idea of reliance on God is tough in our culture that so values independence and self-reliance, where so much of our lives are devoted to creating systems of control. We are seeing now that our sense of control is merely an illusion.

Thankfully though, the Bible offers good news to those of us walking in darkness. As the prophet Isaiah declares, trusting in the name of the Lord brings deliverance from darkness. 

Why? Because Jesus is the Light of the World.

Jesus experienced every fear and worry that we might have today. Jesus faced deep darkness, and even separation from the Father so that through His death and resurrected life, we could have confidence in our future. This is a confidence that isn't tethered to good circumstances, but anchored in the light of God's goodness.

We don’t have to cower in the face of the unknown because we have a God who is with us.

This is the one factor that changes our risk analysis and overcomes our addiction to control. God is at the helm, He is ultimately in control. Trusting in Him should help us lie down and sleep peacefully unafraid of present or future darkness for He is our Light. (Psalm 4:8)

Today, may you know the light and life that’s found in Jesus.


Midweek Moment - March 25, 2020

I am normally ever-optimistic, however, in this season it is proving more difficult than normal to see the silver lining. Our entire world has been turned upside down and we are left to adjust to a “new normal” that no one really knows how long it will last. It’s completely understandable for feelings of fear, uncertainty, and a general sense of stress to mount in our lives as we try to figure out what’s next.

As I reflect on where we find ourselves, I am reminded of the place that Jesus’ closest friends found themselves in right after he died. After Jesus was arrested, they fled in an attempt to save themselves from the same fate (Matt. 26:56b). More so, once Jesus had been killed, they locked themselves in a house out of fear (John 20:19). They too had their entire lives completely changed and were trying to fathom their new future.

Little did they realize, that right around the corner from their darkest moment was resurrection! 

The same is true for us today. Resurrection is coming! 

I had a reminder of this last week on a walk with my family as we were starting to adjust to life in quarantine. We found a little nature preserve, literally within walking distance of our house, that we never knew was there. Halfway through the walk, I was struck by this dead, rotting tree stump that had fallen so long ago that the debris was nowhere in sight. Yet growing right out of the middle of the stump was a new tree. I immediately thought of Isaiah 11:1, “A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.” (NIV)

I don’t know exactly what life is going to look like on the other side of this, but we can trust that because we worship a God who conquers death and makes all things new, that it will be exactly that - LIFE! - on the other side. May we find hope, not in temporary things, but instead in the eternal love of Christ and the power of the Spirit that lives within each one of us even in the difficult moment that we find ourselves in.

Grace & Peace,