Just These Thoughts My Friends...
“I can see clearly now the rain is gone. I can see all obstacles in my way. Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind. It's gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright) sunshiny day.”
At the moment, a light rain is falling outside my office window. Yet the words of an old song by Johnny Nash (not to be confused with Johnny Cash) come to mind. As our Rock Church, and so many others around us, continues to navigate through these Covid-19 waters, what seems most clear now six months in, is that we have learned once again what it means to rely, not upon ourselves or others around us, but upon the faithfulness of the Lord, our God. He has, through the Holy Spirit, seen us through these cloudy and rainy days, and over and around the many obstacles that have been put in our way. There is no doubt that we have been tested. But testing produces endurance, and we are stronger now than we were in March. And the only authentic response the church can offer is one of gratitude and praise for God’s unfailing, unwavering care for his church. Which brings to mind the lyrics of another song that we often sing in church; one the psalmist sang as well, in times of challenge.
“I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined and heard my cry. He lifted me up out of the pit, out of the miry clay. He set my feet upon a rock, and made my footsteps firm. He put a new song in my mouth; a song of praise. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord.” Psalm 40
Friends, trust the words of Johnny Nash; trust even more so the words of the psalmist. The Lord is with us, even now. And he is walking with us through this time. Be assured that you are loved by him. Be assured that you are loved by this church. Be assured that you are loved by me.
Let us walk through these days to come with the confidence of being children of God.
Blessings in Christ!
Dr. Chris Leonard