It seems like almost every city and county in America is repairing roadways this summer. Have
you noticed all the pothole repair and lanes that are being widened? There are detour signs
everywhere. Good luck if you are hoping Siri and Google maps have current information.
I live five miles out in a small rural community with Amish buggies, hayfields and lots of cows.
Even here, there is a road construction project going on for months, straitening a curve and
building a new bridge. I have had to use an longer alternate route to drive home of late
because of the mud and dirt and large equipment at work on the small county road.
It is a sign of progress and work to improve things but it can be a hassle. Even airports of late are seemingly expanding, all at the same time. Signs are posted around gate areas, “Pardon
the mess.” This could easily describe almost every Church which is growing and developing
strategy for the fall. Now that school is back in session we’re scrambling to find our new
“normal” routine for work schedules, bus routes, and mealtime.
We also scramble to find free time to volunteer, serve, and share talents and resources on
Church campuses. Things can get messy sifting through our personal family options for
gathering with others in local Church families. Every family member has a full schedule of fall
events and it becomes increasingly difficult to find a happy balance with school events and
everything else in life.
If you are like most families going back to school right now, this can feel las though my family
life is under construction. We’re looking for the detour signs to safely guide us back home in
the evenings before starting another busy day. If you are already feeling a bit winded and
exasperated from all this fall activity, take a little break this weekend and gather in worship
locations with others feeling the same pressure to do more all the time.
Why not let God bring a fresh breeze into your busy life? He will give you a little extra boost
and smile for the week ahead. This weekend is part two from our back-to-school series,
More. Last week we shared God is more than enough when our life is falling apart; when we
have to be brave. This weekend we’ll
explore God is enough when establishing a “new normal”
after many changes occur. I hope you will schedule and set aside a couple hours this weekend
to regroup and refuel before tackling the week ahead.
Trust God will all the parts of your life; good or bad. He is faithful and trustworthy. God is for us.
Even when we’re still under construction. Hey, isn’t everybody? Nobody gets it right all the
time. Invite a guest to join us at Journey. Let them know this is a place where a few bumps in
the road of life is not the end of the road. Tell them we want to help them get their Jesus story
started or restarted. Jesus really is for everybody. We have to tell everybody. Not everybody
Maybe we should all wear a name tag: “Pardon the mess.” Tell someone today God can do
anything. In anyone’s life. He is more than enough.