April 22, 2020

I've always wondered when John the Baptist knew it was time to start preaching. The Bible simply says, "He appeared in the wilderness preaching..." Was this a random thing or did he know it was the right time? Before all of this happened, it says that John, "...grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness until the day he appeared publicly to Israel." Did John have Wi-Fi in the wilderness so that he could check his inbox? Did he get a text from God that it was time? How did he know? For the prophets in the bible it says, "The word of the Lord came to (insert your favorite prophet's name)" and they knew it was time to start preaching. How do we know when it is the right time and who are we listening to?

I don’t think I'm alone in wondering when life might get back to normal - whatever normal might look like - and I'm pretty sure normal won't be exactly the way that it was, but normal, nonetheless. And I am not quite sure which expert to listen to. The ones that say "now is the time" or the ones that say we still need to wait?  It's a weird and scary time when two experts say the exact opposite thing. I want Rafiki from The Lion King to come to my house, ring the doorbell and say, "It is time!"  But we don't have that right now and until then we will live in that awkward space of “not yet”, as uncomfortable as that is.

Psalm 13 opens with the words, "How long, O Lord?" I find myself saying this a lot lately, and not out of anger, or despair, or frustration, but from that awkward space of not knowing when. The beauty of the Psalms is we join our voices with the faithful from years past who asked the same question, How long, O Lord? I find strength in that unity knowing that I am not struggling in isolation, but I discover a connection with those who came before me, and until we know when, we are together in that awkward space. Together, not just with the ones who are alive today, but the saints who lived before us and I believe that can and will sustain us until we know when.

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Chris 

Last Published: April 30, 2020 1:08 PM