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  May 2020 Pastor's Page

So if you faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today - to love the Lord your God and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul -  then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and olive oil. I will provide grass in the fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied.”                                                    – Deuteronomy 11: 13-15

 

As we stood in our pasture the other day, our neighbor, who grazes his cows in our fields, had just opened up a new section that had been cordoned off with movable, electric fencing. The grass was a lovely deep green, long and rich from all the spring rains. Some of the cows continued to eat over the worn areas but a new mama cow with her calf in tow, walked immediately toward this new section of virgin grass and began to eat heartily. Perhaps she was more      motivated than some, as she was now responsible for feeding another life. But it caused me to reflect on the richness of the earth and the power of life, which God has created. God’s creation is inherently fruitful and is constantly bringing forth new life. 

 

It’s easy for us to complain about all the rain we’ve had over the past many weeks. Frequent rain does make it challenging to get outside and work in the yard or go for a hike in the woods. But in reality the rains are a particular blessing of God, rooted in promises that He made thousands of years ago through Moses to His Covenant People. As the Lord says through Moses in Deuteronomy 11, He is providing, “…spring rains…grass in the fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied.” In sending rain, God is watering the earth and ultimately feeding us, so that we can be full and satisfied.

 

God always invites us to view the world with eyes of faith, which means seeing the world as He sees it. Where we often see scarcity, God sees abundance and provision. Where we often see new problems, God sees opportunities to sacrifice and to serve others. Where we often see our limitations and weaknesses, God sees the sufficiency of His grace flowing through us. So our challenge is not so much to change our circumstances, which are often out of our control anyway, but to look on those circumstances with eyes of faith. Our goal should be to see our world, where will live our daily lives, through God’s eyes.             

 

So let’s give thanks that a beautiful spring has sprung all around us! This season of new life has arrived just as we're all going a little stir crazy and looking for fun, outside activities. I'm betting that many of us will be planting        bigger gardens this year. We're enjoying going for walks and counting the new baby goats being born every day in the pasture just across the street. So far the count is up to fifty but our neighbors are expecting a total of perhaps sixty or more! If anyone wants a baby goat, I'm sure they would be glad to accommodate you. God’s abundant provision of life is all around us, if we would just have the eyes of faith to see clearly.

 

It’s true that many of our normal, everyday activities are limited. We can’t celebrate the end of our week by     going out to a restaurant. But in our house, we are blessed once a week with carry-out from a local eatery. We can’t    always get everything we want from the grocery store. But recently, a church member shared some “sour dough starter” with us and now mouth-watering bread is being baked several times a week, filling our home with delicious smells. The life which God provides for us is not always the life we envisioned. But God continues to fulfill His gracious promises. He continues to send life-giving rain. He continues to provide in unexpected ways. Our main job is to “faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today - to love the Lord your God and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul”(v.13).  Let us love God with all our heart and soul by giving thanks for His faithfulness in fulfilling all His eternal promises.

 

Peace in Christ,

 

Alan

 

 

 

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