May 2019   
Rector's Msg.


I was recently working on one of our cars and struggling to keep my inner dialogue focused on God. You see, my mind kept trying to drift toward frustration. It seemed like with this car recently it was project after project. Why couldn’t the car just appreciate that I had spent a whole day working on it last week and just run right? Why did it have to always have some other problem pop up? (Let’s just forget about me expecting gratitude from an inanimate object, all right?)

Looking back on the situation now I realize that a fair portion of my frustration sprung from the fact that I am just like this car. By this I mean that I was so frustrated about how my car demands repair after repair and never thanks me, and that it seems to move from crisis to crisis expecting that I will drop whatever plans I might have and immediately attend to its needs. I am the exact same way in my relationship with God. Looking at the Bible, this behavior is not limited to me either; the Israelites were the same as the car as well.

In our verse from Psalm 106 we are told, “they did not remember the abundance of your steadfast love, but rebelled by the sea, at the Red Sea.” This recalls the event on the shore of the Red Sea, when the Israelites had just been freed from Egypt by God’s miraculous hand, and then immediately lost all faith in Him, when they saw the Egyptian cavalry pursuing them. They fell apart, forgot to praise God, and didn’t put their faith in Him to protect them. I wish I could say that this was the only time that this happened. The reality is that Israel continued to forget to thank God. They regularly turned away from Him, but when times were tough, cried out in fear for the Lord. Predictably, immediately after God came to their rescue the people went on with their lives and forgot all about Him.

Identifying that I struggle with this, I want to live a different pattern. I want to be more mindful of the work that the Lord is doing in my life. I want to remember Him, not only when I need Him, but all the time. I don’t want to be like my car anymore. Perhaps you are like me too, then let us spur one another on towards faithfulness and gratitude. May we encourage and challenge each other to pursue the Lord and to praise Him always.

In Christ