As a kid, Herschel Walker was overweight and had a speech impediment. Like many other children he often found himself being picked on by other kids. It was out of this painful situation that he dedicated himself to a life of fitness.
“And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.” – Matthew 14:19-21
The weather in Oklahoma is a fickle thing. We move from one extreme to the other. The great Oklahoman, Will Rogers is famous for saying, “If you don’t like the weather in Oklahoma, wait a minute and it will change.” Will Rogers may have been exaggerating a bit, but that just makes for good comedy. The truth is we are a state of extremes. During the summer months, we can experience several days with temperatures in the 100s while in the winter the temperature can be well below freezing. When you mix in the wind that comes sweeping down the plains our weather can be taxing on any given day.
“Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every joint with which it is supplied, when each part is working properly, makes bodily growth and upbuilds itself in love.”
How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
and day after day have sorrow in my heart?
How long will my enemy triumph over me?
Look on me and answer, Lord my God.
Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,
and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,”
and my foes will rejoice when I fall.
But I trust in your unfailing love;
my heart rejoices in your salvation.
I will sing the Lord’s praise,
for he has been good to me.
I cannot help but wonder who invited Jesus to that wedding in Cana of Galilee? Do you think they knew just how special Jesus was? I wonder if they had a clue that Jesus would be able to perform a wonderful sign of God’s power and make the wedding a special day that would be immortalized in history? This wedding miracle, so well-known in our faith story, was made possible because of an invitation.
One of my good friends and a parent in the children’s center has a saying, “They didn’t tell me this in the book ‘what to expect when you’re expecting.’” She’s has used this saying since her son was born – I’ve always had a giggle but didn’t know it would ring so true.
This world is full of things to be afraid of, things that bring fear into our lives. On the news, on social media, and on our phones, we see and hear about all the terrible things that are happening in this world. It is enough to make us want to hide away from it all. But God does not want us to hide away. In the Bible we find words like ‘do not be afraid’ and ‘fear not’ over three hundred times. I believe God is trying to tell us something.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not rely on your own insight.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
It will be a healing for your flesh
and a refreshment for your body.
God‘s grace is truly amazing. Wrapped into our concept of grace are so many wonderful parts of our life of faith. Grace is God’s presence in our lives. We are not alone as we walk the journey of life. Deuteronomy states, “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear or be in dread of them: for it is the Lord your God who goes with you; he will not fail you or forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6)