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Lent Devotionals: Friday, March 3

Wilderness Time

Being a pastor comes with a lot of perks.  No, I don’t necessarily get front row tickets to a movie premier, or preferential treatment at the finest restaurants, or even my own personal driver, but I do get to participate in a very holy time in the lives of our children through the sacrament of baptism.

A couple of weeks ago Evie was baptized in our church.  She was remarkable.  As I held her in my arms, I placed my hand on her head, the Holy Spirit washed through her, and we received her into Christ’s church.  We, as a church, promised to help raise her to learn about and follow Jesus.  It is my belief and my prayer that we will do so in a way that is glorifying and honoring to God.  But there may be times when either we or Evie drops the ball.
When God had Moses lead the Israelites out of Egypt he promised to take care of them.  He promised to feed them, give them water, keep them healthy, and provide for their every need.  But, not long into their wilderness journey, they began to complain and to doubt.  When they couldn’t find potable water early enough in their journey, they fussed.  When food wasn’t readily available they’d protest.  They even got to the point where they were ready to throw it all away and go back to the captivity they once knew.
Evie is only beginning her life.  A life journey that will take her many places, to see and do many things.  A journey of good times and bad.  A journey of hardships and abundance.  Only God knows what lies ahead for Evie.  Only God knows how smart she will be.  Only God knows where she will go to college.  Only God knows what career path she will choose.  Only God knows the lives she will touch.
How many times in your life did you begin to give up on God and God’s promises?  How much hardship have you been willing to endure before complaining and going back to your old ways?  
During this season of Lent, spend time reflecting on the times when God has provided for you, when he has given you everything you need.
 

God’s richest blessings to you all,
Pastor Scott

“For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.  Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you.  When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart….”
(Jeremiah 29:11-13a)

Rev. Scott Goodfellow

Senior Pastor


Lent Devotionals: Thursday, March 2

Umm….what?!

 

I eagerly look forward to our Men’s Labor Day Retreat to Colorado every year. In fact, when we get back on Labor Day each year, by the next day I am already looking forward to the next one!  While in Colorado, we try to find the creeks and streams that are less fished than others for the obvious reason of more potential fish to catch.  At times, this means a considerable hike up, down, or through the mountain woods to find the utopian creek full of all the glorious bounties we seek.  In preparation for this trip, I tend to over pack.  I pack way too many clothes, a whole back pack full of necessities and equipment for fishing and (hopefully unnecessary) survival.  I pack a hatchet, a fire starter, camelback full of water, first aid kit, a few knives, rope, rain gear, food, etc.  Anything and everything I can think of that could help me survive should the unfortunate happen and I am hurt and/or stuck in the mountains for a night or so. 

In our text for this week, Mark is very quickly running through the events surrounding Jesus’ baptism and trip to the wilderness.  If I were to follow Jesus’ example on my own wilderness trip, I would not secure any supplies for my trip….just the clothes on my back and sandals on my feet. No food, no first aid kit…nothing.

Umm…..what?!

I know, it sounds absurd; and really, it kinda is if you think about it.  In no way does it seem wise for Jesus to begin wandering off into the woods without any provisions at all.  Why would he do that?  Doesn’t he know that there are all sorts of wildlife and poisonous plants and bugs out there that can kill him?  

For Mark, Jesus is setting a monumental example for us.  With Jesus heading off into the wilderness alone with no supplies, it will force his complete and utter reliance on God.  For Jesus to pack a myriad of necessities, it would demonstrate more of a reliance on himself and his own survival skills, and less on God’s faithfulness and provision. 

The season of Lent is one of repentance and sacrifice.  What are you carrying with you that keeps you from relying solely on God?  The Psalmist speaks of this in Psalm 55, he sings:  “Cast your burden on the Lord, God will support you!”  Seek the Lord this week and let go of that which is between you and God.
 
Rev. Corey Moses
Associate Pastor