Every Sunday morning a magical transformation takes place at church. Most of us never see it happen. We just show up. We walk in and worship begins. The lights are on. The doors are propped open. The fans are circulating the air. The flowers, the cross, the candles and the weekly bulletins are all set in place.
After the service ends we walk out the door and we never give it another thought. Life is like that. We live in a world where so much is taken for granted. We run from one experience to another. We don’t get bogged down in details unless we have to. As a result, we often only concentrate on what we see and experience at the moment.
A few weeks back our custodian was on vacation. I decided that I would help our volunteers set up. It was kind of fun. As I walked through the building opening doors and turning on the fans, I began to see things from a slightly different perspective. A lot of time and energy go into preparing for a simple worship service.
This happens all the time with God. You see, God is always one step ahead of us. No matter what mountain we come up against, he is already scaling it and reaching out to us so we can make our way over. When we come to our Red Sea, he’s there on the edge parting the waters so we can pass through. He makes it look easy.
It is God’s way. It says in Deuteronomy 31:8, “The LORD is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” In Isaiah 45:2 we read, "I will go before you and will level the mountains; I will break down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron."
So here is the good news: Have you been discouraged? Are things in life not going the way you'd like? Hold on. God is up ahead working it out. You do what you need to do. You may want to rethink a few things. Pray about it. Make changes. At the same time, trust God to do what he does best.
Paul writes in I Corinthians, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, God has prepared for those who love him.” So when the light goes on, and the cool breeze blows, just remember that it was God who opened the door for you.
The Rev. Cal Lord is pastor of Central Baptist Church of Westerly.