It’s in There!
Several years ago, there was a commercial for a spaghetti sauce with the tag line “it’s in there.” The meaning behind the slogan was that what was added to the tomato base created a taste sensation. Everything needed was “in there” and the cook didn’t have to do anything other than fight with the jar lid to open it, warm it up on the stove, and viola - a great meal. Our church is somewhat like that sauce. We each are different spices, different flavors, different ingredients, but when you put us all together we add up to something amazing! It’s all about working together as we add our personal gifts. We add a pinch of humor, a dash of wisdom, and even some self-sacrificing to make the whole special.
Now you may be asking yourself, where is she going with this? Well, we are all in this time of uncertainty together. Esther 4:14 explains “And who knows but that you have come to your position for such a time as this.” For such a time as this, it is a phrase that speaks to us of courage and hope among believers as we hold to our faith in God and move forward, even though we struggle to discern our course in rough waters. As your pastor, I encourage you to be aware of our connectional relationship to one another and to the church. We each have a gift to offer that makes church complete and benefits the whole. We are to be salt and light to the world and to reflect the heart of God for others to see.
I believe I saw the heart of God in others at Christ First this past week right when I needed help the most and here is why – last Wednesday we were blessed with 144 gallons of milk to be shared with the community. We were to bless others, no strings attached, no guidelines to ponder, and no limits on amounts given out. It was a wonderful gift by the Borden Milk Company as they strived to help dairy farmers. Since schools are not in session and restaurants are only partly opened, there is a reduced market for milk. Rather than pouring thousands of gallons of milk into the sewer systems, Borden bottled it and has given away semi-truck loads of thousands of gallons of milk to hurting communities all over the United States. It is a gift of true philanthropy.
Unfortunately, on Wednesday the original truck coming from Cleveland Ohio broke down and the delivery was three hours overdue. The outside temperature that day was 91 degrees and many left without their milk. It was after 4pm when I finally arrived at the church and the idea of hauling 1,152 pounds of milk into the church for refrigeration was daunting. I was then overwhelmed by the faithfulness of our CFUMC staff. Each had stayed past quitting time just to help lug gallons of milk into the cooler and refrigerator. Rob Jock arrived and helped carry crates into the building and distribute gallons for us, and in no time at all Rob, Connie, Kim, and Charlie had everything squared away. Each reflected the heart of God in their willingness to serve demonstrating what is “good and acceptable and perfect”, Romans 12:2.
We are here together in this place for such a time as this, and I am so proud of who we are as Christians. Together we have everything needed to not only survive but to thrive… “it’s in there!” Working together, serving together, pulling together we will not only get through this time, we will rise above it to new heights. We are poised for revival, Lord let it be so!
In Gentleness and Peace,