- Bridgewater United Methodist Church published a newsletterReadPeace in the Midst of Your Storm
January 27, 2022
Did you have damage at your house after the last couple of snow/ice storms? A couple of my trees suffered some minor damage. I was finally able to stand on the hill after some of the ice coating had melted, to examine what had happened. One of the dogwoods had a large branch break because it was awkwardly attached to the main limb causing it to snap under the load it was carrying. The magnolia tree had a rather large limb twist and break from near the top from the weight of the snow and ice. Too bad it didn’t break before Christmas as I could have used it in decorations without feeling guilty for cutting the limbs. Just a few minutes with my pruning saw and those broken limbs will be ready for the brush pile at the landfill. Wounds on a tree usually heal pretty well without intervention. New growth will come from a dormant bud on the limb of the dogwood and the magnolia will be no worse for its amputation. But what really surprised me was there was not more damage done during the storms.
When heavy burdens or bad news come our way, how do we react? Are we fragile and broken because we are feeling awkward about what we believe and in whom we put our trust and faith? Do we feel battered and twisted and broken from what life has thrown at us? Do scars heal and new growth happens in time?
King David certainly had his problems, many brought on by his own doing, but God loved and used David and we take comfort in his many Psalms. In Psalm 34:18 he wrote, “The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those crushed in spirit.” I dare say we have experienced many of those same emotions that David experienced.
Jesus was teaching those closest to him when he said, "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”There is so much in that sentence to unpack but I will leave it up to you to ponder. But I know it gives me courage and hope when the limbs in my life crack and break.
As I have stated before, what would we do without the Letter to the Romans. Romans is a life-changing book. When things are crashing down and it seems like all is lost we are reassured in Romans 8:28 where it is written, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
We are not guaranteed a life without pain, hurt, or hardship but we are guaranteed a God that loves us and a Savior to redeem us. When storms come and the limbs are falling around you, it is good to reflect on these things.
- Pastor Jonathan shares this Wednesday's Upper Room Devotion. https://youtu.be/ujcFedqat4oUpper Room Devotion 1.26.22Pastor Jonathan shares the upper room devotion for January 26th. Title: "Past, Present, and Future"Author: Bill Kirklin Scripture: Acts 12:6-17youtu.be