Look, Listen, and he will Guide
April 25, 2020, 9:32 AM

Hebrews 10: 23-25 (ESV)

 

23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near

 

I wish I could say that my hope has been unwavering this week. I confess that it has not, confession is good for the soul, Right? It seems to me I have hit change overload this week, past adapting, and adjusting to down right too much change. When we are placed in different situations we have to adjust, do we have the ability to adjust, some more than others? Can we remain faithful in the adjustments?

 

When I was a Youth Pastor several years ago I had the opportunity to take a group of youth to Camp Lookout for a weekend retreat of team building. It was an Olympics year so we based the lessons on team work and had a friendly competition. One of the rules was that their group got points for each person that participated in the group activity they were assigned. The winning team got a free lunch on the way home Sunday. I was rotating between teams. I went with one group to drop them off at the caving sight. As I was dropping them off they informed me that I was part of their team and would need to go into the cave with them….this was a bad idea, I am very claustrophobic.  But, I was proud of them for using my own words against me. So I geared up and in we went. I was ok as we crawled into the cave… I was ok as we walked further into the cave. I became concerned as we crawled further into the cave and I hit my panic button when we squeezed through a rock that involved shifting and moving in ways that did not seem natural except for maybe during birth. I made it into the tight cave and panicked. I panicked in front of the youth and the other leaders. I had to get out. I was afraid to go back but that was the only way. To get past this I had to go back through the squeezed rock. I looked through the rock and a youth parent looked at me from the small entrance and said… Look at me… you have faith in the kids and they have faith in you. Can you hear me? Look at me and listen and we will guide you back to where we are.

I wonder if God is calling us to Look at him…to have faith in him and those around us… to listen to the Holy Spirit and to let Jesus be our guide. At the end of the tunnel I could see the youth volunteer’s headlight and it guided me out of the small part of the cave.

 

We are still at home trying to protect ourselves and others? How can we encourage each other? How can we not? I had a retired minister stop by my house earlier this week. She and her husband pulled into my drive way to give me something I had mentioned a couple months ago.  It was something I could use at the church. Not now but in the future. She has faith that we will return and I would need this and that it might give a little hope. We talked from six feet apart for awhile and as she and her husband backed out of the drive he said to her, so I think she needed to talk. Who do you know that needs to talk that you can reach out too? Who can you check on? What can you do to offer hope and encourage others in their faith journey? In Hebrews it says we are to encourage each other as the day is drawing near. Let’s get to it, the day is drawing near.

 

Lord, the day is drawing near where the “safer at home” order will end. Help us to remain hopeful and faithful as we continue to seek your guidance for our families, communities, and churches. May we seek your light and encourage each other along this journey. Amen.