At church this morning, the theme was the story in which Jesus walked on water. Jesus’ disciples were on a boat in the water, the wind was fierce, and they were afraid. But Jesus comforted and reassured them. Similarly, the pastor was saying, Jesus can comfort us. And yet, the pastor continued, our faith in this should not be passive, but it should encourage us to go out, to take risks, and to show love to people. As examples, the pastor referred to two people in our congregation: one was the lady who spearheaded our Vacation Bible School this summer, and the other was a lady who was preparing lots of meals for a charity that provides support to older people who lack a support network.
I do not know if I have the level of faith to take risks. I am not saying this to beat up on myself. It’s just that, sometimes, when I look at the state of this world, I wonder if there indeed is a God who takes care of us. While I may tell myself that there is as a way to help myself to calm down, I am not sure if this notion is enough of a reality to me that it motivates me to go out into the unknown and to take risks, or to sacrifice in times that are already uncertain.
But I do believe that we need to get outside of ourselves, that our faith should encourage us to make a difference in the world. In some cases, that may entail us getting outside of our comfort zones.
I liked my pastor’s references to the two people in our congregation. It shows that our church is on the move—-it is taking initiative in reaching out to the community.
When I look at the world around us I can’t help but think that mankind hasn’t evolved. We are like toddlers fighting with big dangerous toys over land, material things and over whose God is better. I would hope that after several thousand years we would move beyond letting fear and greed drive us as a species, but we are still operating the same way since the beginning. These past few weeks have been very distressing globally.
They certainly have.