This week's memory verse:
"But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." -- Isaiah 40:31
Trust in the Lord...sometimes trust is all we've got.
A sad and tragic event has happened in our town...a young man, just 14 years old, died. No matter the circumstances of his death...when a young person dies we struggle to make sense of it...we struggle with it not being fair...we struggle with worries for our own children. It saddens us, frightens us and makes us wonder what the point of such a short life must be.
In such sad events, some turn away from God. Why would a loving God allow the life of such a promising young person to be ended so soon?
But others, who have learned to trust and wait on the Lord, learn to lean on God even more in tough times such as these.
Psalm 9:9-10 says God is a safe-house for the battered, a sanctuary during bad times. The moment you arrive there you relax; you're never sorry you knocked. (The Message)
Remember those eagles I talked about a few days ago? They can soar high above this earth...above the pain and sorrow of this earth. We need to remember that God gives us the wings of the Holy Spirit...on his wings we too can fly!
Be like a bird that, halting in its flight,
Rests on a bough too slight.
And feeling it give way beneath him sings,
Knowing he hath wings.
When we remember to TRUST God and his promises, we can soar above the chaos, confusion, pain and suffering of our circumstances - with a song of praise on our lips and peace in our hearts that we don't even understand.
When the branches of your life are swaying in the storm, don't panic. When you are troubled by the sorrows in your life or in the lives of others, don't give up hope. Trust God. Turn your face to the sky, spread your wings and fly!
Dear Lord, this morning I ask your blessing on the family and friends of the young man who lost his life this week. Comfort them and help them to trust you enough to find peace in this very hard thing. For those in the community touched by this tragic situation, let this be a chance for them to learn to look to you and trust that you are with us all. Amen