Monday’s After Thoughts: 4 June 2018

 
 
 
Good Monday to you all!
Yesterday was another full day of life at Holy Trinity Church, with two baptisms and a Newcomer’s Lunch provided by the hard-working Fellowship Committee. I was glad to get home for some rest after the flurry of activities, and I was also glad to be able to reflect on the day and the readings for our morning.
Some more thoughts about rest and trust….
The core of what I was saying yesterday (among a few other things) is that the command to rest (observe the Sabbath) is a call to trust God. Jesus words were, “ The sabbath was made for humankind, and not humankind for the sabbath .” To explain Jesus’ words, I gave the context of the farmer or herder. If You were asked to not take care of either your crops or herds on one day every week, and this was what sustained you and your family, this would be difficult.
Really difficult.
So difficult that it would call you into a trust relationship with God that He would provide for the things that needed to happen for the rest He was commanding you to take. This sentiment is echoed in the provision of manna in the wilderness. The children of Israel were only allowed to take what they needed to eat from the ground every morning for THAT day (and not the next) and on the sixth day they could take two helpings (so they had enough for the sabbath rest). These were people who were surviving in the wilderness; they were living in the harsh reality of their environment.
Again, God calls them to trust that HE will take care of them.
Not easy.
And almost unrelatable for most people I know who have pantries and fridges full of food and never really lack much of anything.
So how do we translate the command and Jesus’ statement about the command?
I think it is found in the epistle reading from 2 Corinthians 4:
“ We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies. For while we live, we are always being given up to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may be made visible in our mortal flesh .”
It is a call for us to trust God in midst of life.
Even though we may be afflicted, perplexed, persecuted, and/or struck down,
We are not crushed, not driven to despair, not forsaken and not destroyed.
In midst of life and the trials and tribulations that may come our way, we are never fully defeated. More than that, our abiding in love in the midst of all of this is a manifestation of Jesus in us. We have a body like a normal vessel (a jar of clay) with abnormal contents (God’s Spirit).
Sisters and brothers, let us remember this as we face each day with fullness and presence and seek to abide in the love of God found in Jesus.
Blessings,
Brad+