Pastor’s Corner Rev. Carol Kress, pastor, Gladbrook United Methodist Church Gladbrook, Iowa-I don’t understand. Do you?
October 25, 2013
I don’t understand. Do you? Scripture: God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in times of trouble (Psalm 46:1) There’s an e-mail making the circuit right now. It came to me and I decided I should keep it to use for this purpose It is entitled, “Things I really don’t understand.” The body of the message contains a list of questions for which there is no clear-cut answer. Here are a few of them: · Why do doctors and lawyers call what they do practice? · Why is abbreviation such a long word? · Why is it that when you’re driving and looking for an address, you turn down the volume on your radio? · Why is a boxing ring square? · What was the best thing before sliced bread? · How do they get the deer to cross the highway at those yellow signs? · How did a fool and his money get together in the first place? Do you have a few queries that could be added to the list? Send them to me as I would enjoy reading them! Some of the queries have good answers. Others might be cute, and more of them could be thought-provoking. There are things we could understand if we put our minds into it (like how the Federal Reserve fulfills it’s function) but we don’t really want to know. There are a lot of things I don’t know, but there are a few things that I do. I don’t know how God does it, but when I am sad, God will send a song to remind me that I’m not alone. When I’m happy, the song sent to me is one of praise. a song of praise. I know God puts those songs in my heart. I don’t understand how I can push some buttons on a calculator and it will give me the correct answer to my problem. It works every time. I don’t understand how God has a response for the matters of my life that I share with our Lord. But I know I can ask for guidance and I will be steered in the right direction. During the most gloomy days of my life, God has sent light to illumine the path. Those days have passed, and I got through them. I don’t know how God does this, but I know it’s true. It may be impossible for me to comprehend how the One, who is the author of the universe can be involved in the daily matters of my life. But I know that I am carried in the palm of God’s hand. In all circumstances God will work for the good of those who love and serve him. So let me issue an invitation to you. Please join me in a prayer of thankfulness that we don’t have to understand God’s ways. We simply can trust that God is in control.
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