This space has its roots in the history of how this congregation came to be - a group of Jesus followers inviting others to come and see Christ and live that faith out together. Once a month, we will bring forth a devotional from years gone by. Today we re-member (put together again in our minds) from thirty-six years ago in the Lenten Devotional of 1981 - April 11th to be precise:
Read: Psalm 139 , God's Complete Knowledge and Care
Riding my bike one day last summer, I found myself battling against quite a wind. Suddenly a turn in the road found me peddling lithely along with the wind at my back. What freedom I felt after such a struggle. I seemed to fly effortlessly uphill.
But what a strange sensation as I realized that there was no movement of air around or against me. I was traveling at the same speed as the wind and while I still worked at peddling there was no resistance before me.
Then I noticed the bushes and trees along the side of the road. While I was in this perfect calm, they were bending and waving in wild commotion in the blowing wind. It was as if I were riding in a sealed bottle, while everything around me was in an uproar.
Is that what life in Christ is like? Yes! While all about us the world seems to be in tumult, we move on, we grow and we serve in the quiet assurance of His presence. The roads we take often lead into storms and the hills of life call us to peddle with all our might.
But when His dwelling place is at our center, we move ahead sealed in His calm, receiving all along, that peace that passes all understanding.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God,which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.