A few years go my wife and I were on a ski trip at Mt. Shasta. We were enjoying the beauty of a sunny day skiing down various runs. In the early afternoon we were skiing down the face of the mountain when she stopped right next to me and just fell over. We were laughing as I reached my hand down to lift her up when she said, my leg will not move. That was the beginning of a six-month period everything in our lives changed. Before and after knee operations, I pushed her around in a wheelchair till she was able to be on her feet again.
It was during that time we realized our home was not set up for wheelchairs. That began another process of change. She had ideas of some remodels. As the remodel of halls and showers would begin, it did not take long to realize before I could fix things, there were things that needed to be broken or torn out. There was a period of demolition that had to take place before new building could begin. There were days, during tearing things apart I wondered, what have I got myself into? Today we look back and are pleased with the progress we made. We realize, had it not been for crisis, we would have not seen the need for change.
A song writer wrote:
“From glory to glory, He’s changing me, changing me, changing me,
His likeness and image to perfect in me, the love of God shown to the world”.
- Psalm 51:10 ESV
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.
- Ezekiel 36:26 ESV
And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.
- Romans 12:2 ESV
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Today we are all dealing with change like we have never seen before in our lives. Locked down, almost prisoners of our own homes. Business shut down across America. Any gathering over ten people shut down. Unemployment now reaching 22 million and growing. Ouch!
On one hand the impact of all this overwhelms us at the core. Any security of life we had, has been threatened in every area. No one knows how, or when business environments and the economy in America will be able to rebuild. No one knows when any gathering over 10 people can resume. Our world is being torn apart. We do not know what the future holds. It is clear, for an undetermined amount of time, the way we have lived our lives is going to be different.
Likewise, our spiritual lives are being challenged and changed.
We have become accustomed to living by security in jobs. Now we are challenged to live by faith and put our trust in God.
We were accustomed to living by prescribed medication that worked and depending on vaccines. Now we are challenged to live by faith and put our trust in God.
We were accustomed to living in the comfort of knowing the church will always be the place of security and comfort. Now we are challenged to live by faith and put our trust in God.
When my wife fell on the ski trip, for a season everything changed. Everything we did had to be rethought and done different. Our everyday life and our home was torn apart and rebuilt. Of course, today, looking back, we can see that time of difficulty helped us make better plans for our future.
It is far too early to see the good in the devastation this virus has brought to our lives and nation. It is clear our economy and the security of many people’s lives are being destroyed. I just hope and pray it can be rebuilt. I do not have words to describe the pain in my heart knowing the body of Christ is not being able to have fellowship together. Everything we are accustomed to has been broken apart.
But mark this down. Every time God allowed His people to go through the storm, there was always something great that happened on the other side.
- God is going to clean house and renew His people
- God is going to create in us a new heart and a new hunger for Him
- God is going to move by His might and power
- God is going to transform our spiritual lives
- God is going to renew our minds
- God is going to get us through this
- God has not lost control
Many years ago when my father (Founding Pastor Arlon Tilley) would see the enemy rise up on the scene, doing the works he does best, (killing, stealing and destroying), one of my father’s famous sayings was, “God is getting ready to hang the devil on his own scaffold”.
GOD HAS THIS!