March 24, 2014

God’s work might be revealed

By Brian Sutter, a junior physics and informatics double major from South Bend, Ind.
THIS WEEK’S THEME: I will be standing there
DEVOTIONAL:

It’s been a rough winter.This winter’s record-setting snowfall and sustained sub-zero temperatures were enough to make even the heartiest of Midwesterners begin to reconsider his or her choice of residence.

Yet, no matter how cold it got, we knew that some day, maybe by July, warmth would return to Northern Indiana. We trusted the Earth to continue its orbit around the sun, and with it, we knew the seasons would continue to change.

The Scripture passages this week call us to trust in God’s work with similar certainty.

This week’s theme is “God’s work might be revealed.”

One of this week’s Scripture passages describes David, the youngest of Jesse’s sons, being called in from tending the sheep to be anointed as king of Israel. We are reminded that God’s work may not always be done in a way that we would expect. Nevertheless, God, our shepherd, is actively working through those around us, leading us beside still waters and comforting us in the darkest valleys.

At times, it may feel like signs of God’s work are few and far between. We get wrapped up in our daily routines and our own objectives, becoming blind to the miracles happening around us every day.

Our task in Lent is to pay attention. Watch for signs of God’s work in the world, and bear witness to those encounters with God. As sure as the changing of the seasons, God is at work.

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Comments (6)

  1. As sure as the changing of the seasons, God is at work. That sentence spoke to me in a way that I needed this morning, to encourage me and move me forward! Thank You!.

    Clara L B March 24, 2014 |
  2. Yes, paying attention is key to being found by God — paying attention to what others say & do, paying attention to the light that may be in us, paying attention to the Creator in the little and big things in nature.

    John J. Smith March 24, 2014 |
  3. Thank you for this, Brian. Simple, direct, comforting without being ‘sappy’. I really like the analogy of trusting God like we trust the earth to continue it’s orbit and bring us to a warmer season. And the assignment of ‘pay attention’ is a good mission for the week, and always. Starts the week off right!

    Jim Miller ('53) March 24, 2014 |
  4. Thank you so much, Brian! Yesterday I made a commitment to look for ways that God is at work in the world around me and share those with an MYFer in my congregation. This morning you provided a wonderfully vivid example!

    Rachel Nafziger Hartzler March 24, 2014 |
  5. Brian, as I struggle with uncertainty about many things in my life right now I am comforted by your sound reminder: God, our shepherd, is actively working through those around us, leading us beside still waters and comforting us in the darkest valleys. Thank you for the reminder!

    Pamela Kistler-Osborne March 24, 2014 |
  6. Ah….paying attention…sounds simple, sounds easy…and then…we get caught up in the distractions of life….thank you for the reminder!

    Barbara Clark March 25, 2014 |