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A Letter from Pastor Mary


JUNE 2017


It goes without saying that we are facing difficult days. There's an old gospel song that says:

“Many things about tomorrow, I don't seem to understand; but I know who holds tomorrow, and I know who holds my hand.” With the constant threats of international tensions and conflicts, with floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, we are reminded that we are not in control of everything. However, we don't need to be in control because we know that the One who has created all things is the Master of it all. We don't have to be afraid.

One of my favorite passages of Scripture is from Isaiah 43. . .God says: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you...I am your God.” This is a wonderful reminder in these days of overwhelming circumstances that in the midst of all that happens to us we can remain in a place of perfect peace.

A pastor had been on a long flight between church conferences. The first warming of the approaching problem came when the sign on the airplane flashed on: “Fasten Your Seat Belts.” Then, after a while, a calm voice said, “We shall not be serving the beverages at this time as we are expecting a little turbulence. Please be sure your seat belt is fastened.”

As the pastor looked around the aircraft, it became obvious that many of the passengers were becoming apprehensive. Later, the voice on the intercom said, “We are so sorry that we are unable to serve the meal at this time. The turbulence is still ahead of us.” Then the storm broke. The ominous cracks of thunder could be heard even above the roar of the plane's engines. Lightening lit up the dark skies, and within moments that great plane was like a cork, tossed around on a celestial ocean. One moment it was lifted on terrific currents of air, the next, it dropped as if it were about to crash.

The pastor confessed that he shared the discomfort and fear of those around him. He said, “As I looked around the plane, I could see that nearly all the passengers were upset and alarmed. Some were praying. The future seemed ominous and many were wondering if they would make it through the storm. Then, I suddenly saw a little girl. Apparently, the storm meant nothing to her. She had tucked her feet beneath her as she sat on her seat; she was reading a book and everything within her small world was calm and orderly; worry and fear were not in her world.”

When the plane was being buffeted by terrific storm, when it lurched this way and that, as it rose and fell with frightening severity, when all the adults were scared half to death, that marvelous child was completely composed and unafraid. The minister could hardly believe his eyes. It was not surprising that when the plane finally reached its destination and all the passengers were hurrying to disembark, the pastor lingered to speak to the girl whom he had watched for such a long time. Having commented about the storm and the behavior of the plane, he asked why she had not been afraid. The child replied, “Because my Daddy is the pilot, and he's taking me home.”

There are many kinds of storms that buffet us in life. Physical, mental, financial, domestic and these storms can easily and quickly darken our skies and throw our lives into uncomfortable movement. We have all known such times and let us be honest and confess, it is much easier to be at rest when our feet are on the ground then when we are being tossed about in a darkened sky. Let us remember…God (our Heavenly Daddy) is the pilot. He's in control and taking us home. Don't worry! Don't be afraid! All is well! It's all good! Can we trust God in such a way that we know we are always in God's hands and He is always in control?