Hello Friends of Son Light,
I’m sure we all agree that when we were told to stay home back in March that we never expected to still be there in the middle of May with no true end in sight. Yes, some things may begin to happen soon, but being able to freely congregate is still a way off. And please know that when the time comes that we worship together again, the Elders of SLBC are working to make sure all the necessary precautions and procedures are in place for your safety.
The weather is getting warmer (finally!) and that makes it even harder to stay home. Let’s face it, this staying away is getting to us, some more than others, but still discouraging to all. The book of James opens with some very difficult words, telling us to count it all joy when we meet trials of various kinds. Most of you are very familiar with those words but let me share that passage from The Message version:
“CONSIDER IT A SHEER GIFT, FRIENDS, WHEN TESTS AND CHALLENGES COME AT YOU FROM ALL SIDES. YOU KNOW THAT UNDER PRESSURE, YOUR FAITH-LIFE IS FORCED INTO THE OPEN AND SHOWS ITS TRUE COLORS. SO DON’T TRY TO GET OUT OF ANYTHING PREMATURELY. LET IT DO ITS WORK SO YOU BECOME MATURE AND WELL-DEVELOPED, NOT DEFICIENT IN ANY WAY.” (James 1:2-4)
Why should we consider this time a gift? While that specific answer will differ for each person, let me ask you, are you having to go to God’s Word more often to find comfort? (Good) Are you finding new and maybe creative ways to connect with others? (Good) Are you in contact with people who are discouraged and need to hear, maybe for the first time, the good news of peace and comfort that only comes from a relationship with Jesus the Christ? (Great!)
James tells us that these gifts of difficult days makes us more mature and well-developed in our walk of faith. It also says that our true colors will come out during this time. What colors are you seeing? If you are responding in a way that you know is not pleasing to God then this is a great time to fully release yourself to Him and allow Him to make you complete, lacking nothing. Get into His Word, spend quality and honest time with Him in prayer. Pour out your concerns, and then listen.
Life is difficult and right now it is for everyone. But we knew it would be hard. Remember, as a Christ follower we are strangers in a strange land. And while we’re still passing through let’s be sure to share the eternal hope that is available through Christ with our words and our true colors.
Michael Nolt, Pastor