Notes From Pastor Catie
August 11, 2020
This last Sunday, the scripture was about Jesus walking on the water from Matthew 14:22-33, which follows last week’s passage about the Feeding of the Five Thousand, two important and meaningful miracles. In this passage, after Jesus surprises, and even scares the disciples by walking across the water, Peter tries to also walk on the water. It is a gesture of hope and faithfulness, but Peter becomes scared and starts to sink. I can’t help but identify with Peter: Jesus is whom I want to be like, but too often, I look around and the waves are too high, just like they were for Peter, and I feel like I am sinking. Certainly, in this current health crisis, it is hard to feel like we are standing on solid ground. In my mind, my sermon was about “fear.” I even had a funny Peanuts cartoon (which I will put in a PS at the bottom). But then I realized it’s really about trust: trusting in Jesus’ word, trusting in God’s promises, trusting that the Holy Spirit lifts us up and gives us strength and wisdom. These days especially, we need to trust and rely on God.
I ran across this poem: Don’t quit. here are the words:
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will.
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When you‘re feeling low and the stress is high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sign,
When worries are getting you down a bit…
By all means pray, and don’t you quit.
Success is failure turned inside out, God’s hidden gift in the cloud of doubt.
You can never tell how close you are -It may be near when it seems so far.
So trust in the Lord when you’re hardest hit…
It’s when things go wrong that you must not quit!
Many times in life, I have had something I needed to face that just felt too hard. Prayer was always a solace and encourager. But sometimes I do want to argue a bit with God about God’s timing, or even in response to the phrase some people like to use that God never gives us more than we can handle, I want to say: God, you are overestimating what I can handle! I quit! But always something happens that helps me make it through that tough moment or tough day. Sometimes it’s a big thing, but often it’s a little thing: a friendly phone call, a note, a reminder of the many blessings in my life. I hope these communications from me give you a little boost.
PS: Connie DeWeese
wants to thank everyone for your notes and phone calls offering condolences on
the death of her brother.
PPS: The Charlie Brown Christmas Special from 1965 includes this dialogue
between Lucy and Charlie Brown, but it originated in the 1961 comic, and was about Linus confessing his fear and anxiety to his sister Lucy. She asks if he is afraid of responsibility, that is hypengyophobia, or afraid of cats is
ailurophasia, or afraid of staircases is climacophobia. Or maybe he has
Pantophobia? What’s that? Charlie/Linus asks. “It’s the fear of everything”
Lucy says. “That’s it!” Charlie Brown/Linus says. I think all of us have a
little something we are afraid of, some people have more than others. But to be able to laugh is always a good thing. It has brought me through many a tough day!