Week of: July 5, 2020
Scripture: Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30
At that time Jesus said, "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants ..."
(Matthew 11:25, NRSV)
Do you remember when you first learned to play a musical instrument or to dance or draw? Remember how laboriously you worked, trying hard not to make any mistakes and not feeling at all confident of yourself?
In recent months, we have had to learn new skills as worship services have gone online. This week, many pastors will begin new appointments in congregations they may not meet in person for many weeks.
When challenges surround us and we do not know how everything is going to turn out, we worry and wonder what to do and hope that we are going to have the strength to survive somehow. We forget that we are God's babies and God does not expect us to solve our own problems. It is God's responsibility to care for God's children, to guide us through the darkness, and to give us the strength, the faith, the patience, and the courage that we need.
Jesus does not say we will never have problems. The tragedy is that so often we think we can do it ourselves, and like a 2-year-old trying to dress herself, we end up feeling frustrated and hopelessly entangled in a mess we ourselves have created.
We need to hear again Christ's gracious invitation to become like a child, to become even a helpless baby, completely dependent upon the gracious gifts of an ever-loving God.
God our Father, you guide us and protect us like a loving parent. Lead us through these challenging days that we may faithfully serve you and the people you have committed to our care, through Jesus Christ, our teacher and example. Amen.
Michigan Conference of The UMC
Photo: A child drums during Music & Worship Arts Week 2019. (Fellowship photo by Daniel Craig.)