Hello Members and Friends of Son Light,
As the days and weeks of isolation mount the question continues to burn, “when will things get back to normal?” I certainly know the underlining sentiment of that question but it made me wonder, what is normal?
Ask someone in their 70’s and someone else in their 20’s and you will get a completely different understanding of “normal.” Computers are completely necessary for some yet still foreign (if not even taboo) for others. Compare a “normal” day of someone living in New York city to another on a ranch in Wyoming. Yet we all live in the same country during the same time.
Things change. Sometimes by our desire and sometimes by force. Life changed drastically in the our country after 9/11 and I have no doubt things will be different when we finally get through this pandemic. Everything changes… right?
Psalm 102 is a prayer of one afflicted who pours out his heart unto God. It starts, “Hear my prayer, O Lord; let my cry come to you! Do not hide your face from me in the day of my distress!” We can all relate to days of distress, can’t we.
But here’s how it ends:
“Of old you laid the foundation of the earth,
and the heavens are the work of your hands.
They will perish, but you will remain;
they will all wear out like a garment.
You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away,
but you are the same, and your years have no end.” (emphasis mine)
We can rest assured that the Creator does not change. His promises are still there. His love still abounds. He is still Sovereign over all things and His plans cannot be stopped. He still gives peace, comfort and encouragement for those who believe in Him through faith in His Son Jesus Christ and who seek Him.
Friends, I’m sure you need some encouragement during this time, I know that I do. And we will find that if we seek Almighty God through His holy word and our daily times of prayer. Paul’s words to the Philippians are still true today: “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
And that promise will never change!
Michael Nolt, Pastor