Week of: March 17, 2019
Scripture: Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18
The Lord brought Abram outside and said, "Look toward heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them." Then he said to him, "So shall your descendants be." And he believed the LORD; and the LORD reckoned it to him as righteousness.
(Genesis 15:5-6, NRSV)
Have you ever felt like Abram? Have you puzzled over how to accomplish what seemed to be impossible? Have you questioned whether the choir would ever internalize the soul of Siyahamba? Have you erased a sketch of a banner so many times that the paper was worn through? Have you tried to work through a difficult passage of music, never able to come up with a consistent fingering?
Granted, most of the time we are able to overcome these challenges, but we do understand some of what Abram felt when he wondered if he would ever have an heir.
Sometimes we need reminders of things that are bigger than us. God took Abram outside and showed him the sky, full of abundant stars. Something so vast and so big puts things in perspective. The same God who created the heavens and the earth creates an heir for Abram. That same God invites us to believe that God will see us through times that challenge, frustrate, and deflate our worship arts ministries. We do not work in a vacuum, but in tandem with the God who calls us to follow and trust. How might our attitudes and outlook toward our lives and ministries change if we remembered God's creative energy and presence?
Creative God, you move in ways that we don’t always see or feel. Open our eyes to see you at work in our lives. Open our ears to feel your presence in our ministries. Open our hearts to trust where your Spirit leads us. Amen.
First United Methodist Church
Development Coordinator, The Fellowship
Photo: Sunset in Evansville, IN, in July 2018. (Fellowship photo by Daniel Craig.)