Signs of Life and God's Faithfulness
Have you seen some of the signs of life springing up during Advent? Covid-19 vaccinations begin this week. Our church is receiving new members. Christmas cards and delicious goodies are being shared. I think there are many great reasons for hope amidst a time when it could be very easy for us to get down and even pessimistic. In Psalm 46, it is quite evident that the people around the psalmist were weary and needed hope. The writer saw signs of life and said,
“God is our refuge and strength, a very ready help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth shakes And the mountains slip into the heart of the sea;
Though its waters roar and foam, Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride.”
Can we not with confidence lean on the Father who will provide the strength and endurance we need for this season? We are promised of God’s readiness to save us! If you look closely, you’ll see the signs of his faithfulness. In fact, as I walked outside of the church building this morning in cold, damp, and dreary conditions, two fantastic sights and sounds reminded me of God’s saving presence. First, I saw the preschool children walking together and singing. They were practicing songs for their annual Christmas program. As I watched them smile and sing, I felt as though God’s light was breaking through the clouds. Second, the sounds of saws and hammers rang out loudly from the construction work on the CMB. The sounds reminded me that it won’t be long before we can officially open up again and enjoy great togetherness, fellowship, and ministry without having to worry about being six feet apart. Thank the Lord that his blessings flow no matter what is happening in our lives or in our world. Where are you seeing signs of life today?