Reflections on Faith and Community
In this blog, you will find weekly reflections on life and faith. My hope is that, in some way, they will prove helpful to you in your daily living. May God bless you on the spiritual journey.
Andrew S. Odom
A little yeast can change a whole batch of dough. (Galatians 5:9, CEV)
A young man walks into a church one Sunday morning. It wasn’t one of those flashy churches, the kind with all the lights and sounds and smells that look and feel more like a night club than anything else. No, it was just a regular church, no frills or gimmicks or sales pitches for Jesus or anything like that. He had passed by the church many times before, and then, almost through no conscious act of his own, he found himself inside.
He wasn’t quite sure why he finally went in. What he did know is that his life felt empty. He had been going through the routines but felt like something was missing. He had tried all kinds of things: new hobbies, nights out on the town, and trips to new places. Each effort was gratifying for a while, but nothing really hit dead center. Something was missing. His life, he felt, had become scattered and isolated.
There were a decent number of people in the church. It wasn’t full, but it wasn’t empty either. They sang, they prayed, and they listened to a message from the pastor who talked about the things of God. The whole thing wasn’t pushy or forceful. It wasn’t wishy washy or weak. It wasn’t particularly entertaining, but somehow he knew he wasn’t there to be entertained. There was, however, something about it. It felt important and deep and rich, but the young man couldn’t quite put a finger on why. It felt mysterious and natural, challenging and comfortable, spiritual and tangible, all at the same. It felt like these people were travelling on a long road that made no promise of quick fixes, but made the promise of life together. He left feeling like something had changed, and he came back the following Sunday.
Sometimes in church, God plants a seed, and like yeast in a batch of dough, the seed begins to grow.
Published on 03/14/2016 @ 11:01 AM CDT