Pastor Bill Schnackenberg, Centralia United Methodist Church
I am one who likes to ponder things. Occasionally I get lost staring up at the clouds and wondering what shapes I can find there during the day or looking at the stars in the night sky. It’s not really day dreaming – just pondering the certainties and uncertainties of our lives. Like the shapes of clouds, our world is constantly changing.
The days are getting shorter. Schools have begun. Children and youth are busy with activities and homework assignments. Vacations for many families have come to an end. And that’s just locally.
There seems to be a lot of uncertainty these days. A new conflict, either domestic or global, seems to arise every day and we don’t know how it will be resolved. We don’t know for certain if the crops will turn out well. We don’t know if our children or grandchildren will grow up to be upstanding citizens. We don’t know if I’ll include humor in my sermon this week.
There are times, though, when I need to feel that there are some things that do not change, that there is something constant in life. Something to bring a sense of stability to me, even in the midst of turmoil. Something to bring me comfort.
When I am feeling lost or out of control, I am reminded that daybreak happens every day, that there are four seasons each year, that rainbows are a sign that the storm is over. And I remember that there is one institution that has outlasted even the most stalwart of governments, the church. God has been the most stable thing of all time.
I was reading an introduction to the book of Genesis this morning from the Message Bible. Here’s what it said. “First, God. Not God at the margins; not God as an option; not God on the weekends. God first and last; God, God, God. Genesis gets us off on the right foot. God doesn’t work impersonally from space; he works with us where we are, as he finds us. No matter what we do, whether good or bad, we continue to be part of everything that God is doing. Nobody can drop out – there’s no place to drop out to. So we may as well get started and take our place in the story – at the beginning.” (The Message)
Now there is something that gives me comfort! Even as the world’s turmoil assails us, God does not change. No matter what happens in our lives or in our world, God is still walking with us through it all. There is no better comfort than to be working along side God in creating a world fit for a King. I invite you to come and be a part of something that can change the world.