BY REV. GARY LAMBERT - LIGHT OF THE LAKES FRIENDS CHURCH
The Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 8:18-23 the following words:
"In my opinion, whatever we may have to go through now is less than nothing compared with the magnificent liberty which can only belong to the children of God…It is plain to anyone with eyes to see that at the present time all created life groans in a sort of state of painful tension, while we wait for that redemption of our bodies which will mean that at last we have realized our full Son-ship in Him."
In 1944, Corrie Ten Boom stood in line with a thousand other women; waiting for a train to take them to a concentration camp. She prayed: "Lord — not Germany …"
Ten Bloom writes: "Looking back across the years of my life, I can see the working of a divine pattern which is the way of God with His children."
Her book "Tramp for the Lord" includes this poem:
"My life is but a weaving, between my God and me,
I do not choose the colors – He worketh steadily.
Oft times He weaveth sorrow, and I in foolish pride,
Forget He sees the upper, and I the underside.
Not till the loom is silent, and shuttles cease to fly,
Will God unroll the canvas, and explain the reason why.
The dark threads are as needful in the skillful weaver’s hand,
As the threads of gold and silver in the pattern He has planned."
People are scared as we go through this time of the coronavirus pandemic, and the racial tension that seems to divide our country. I want to remind everyone, God is in control. Like most of you, I pray that many will experience the peace and hope that only God can give at a time like this.
John 16:33b reminds us: "In this world you will have trouble. But, take heart. I have overcome the world."
See you here – there – or in the air …