Updated: Mar 19, 2020
Light | Reader – Easter 2020
Silence and stillness before God (2 minutes)
Reading: Psalm 19:1-4
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. (NIV)
Last weekend we went on a short hike as a family to get out of the house and to rest a bit in the midst of all that is going on. As we moved through the woods, I noticed the melting snow on the sides of the trail, the broken trees fallen from windstorms and age, and old leaves crunching under the kids' feet as they ran ahead. As is with many things, there was a tension between old and new - the quiet wilderness showing off new buds forming on trees, birds singing, and water rushing just beyond our path. The cool fresh air reminded me to breathe deeper, to enjoy my babies' flushed red cheeks, and I almost forgot about the uncertainty of the world we left behind on the pavement.
In the last few days our thin veil of control has been disrupted, there is turbulence in the economy, there are unknowns in our healthcare system, and no flour or milk in the grocery store, through all this, He is still God. As we step outside, His creation speaks of His faithfulness. All the while Jesus continues to remind us, "...do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?" (Matthew 6:25-26)
We know that He is in control, He is not surprised, and He hasn't run out of resources - there is enough grace for everyone, even birds. Though we may feel surrounded on all sides, by uncertainty, sickness, or even our own four walls - He has not left us.
After our little adventure, we peeled off our layers and piled in the car with fresh provisions of snacks and water. As we drove home, today's scripture came to mind, "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands..." These verses remind us that God is in business of holding things together and creation testifies to it. Unlike the skies or the heavens we do have words. Let us not keep His goodness to ourselves but share it with others as He leads us.
Question to consider this week: How can I be a light in my community and circles of influence this week?
Action step: Take a walk. Take the time to take in your surroundings and allow yourself to be reminded of His faithfulness through His creation. Consider sharing simple encouragement and a reminder of hope with those around you. Invite someone to go on a walk or a hike with you.
Prayer: Lord, you are God over all. You have created the heavens and the earth to declare your glory. Lead us to worship you even when we feel frustrated or overwhelmed. In your great love, remind us to love others and to help lead them into your presence. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Conclude with silence (2 minutes)