Reflections on Faith and Community

Dear friends,

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

05/08/2017 7:11 PM

The Great Promise

05/08/2017 7:11 PM
05/08/2017 7:11 PM
Your way was through the sea, your path, through the mighty waters;
yet your footprints were unseen. (Psalm 77:19)
On Sunday, the young people of Canyon Creek led us in worship through the creative musical, The Sailor’s Bible. It has become an annual tradition at CCPC that we all look forward to every year. This year, we were presented with three “ship” stories: the story of Noah (Genesis 6), the story of Jonah (Jonah), and the story of Paul’s shipwreck (Acts 27). Each of these stories has a different emphasis that our great actors reminded us of.
In the Noah story, we were given a picture of how quickly we judge one another on what we do or what we believe. We all laughed as the cast made fun of Noah and his family for building an ark so far from the water for no apparent reason. The story points out to us our fickle nature and how quick we are to jump to conclusions about someone else.
In the Jonah story, Jonah was the one who became the focus of our laughter. Jonah absolutely did not want to do what God asked him to do, and when he finally did do it, he didn’t want it to make a difference. He walked through the whole thing begrudgingly and with a roll of his eyes. It was not only funny, it convicted us. We struggle to do the right thing, especially when it happens to be the hard thing.

Paul’s shipwreck brought it all home. As Paul and the crew were tossed back and forth across the stage by the wind and the waves, we were reminded of God’s great promise that runs through the whole of scripture. In each story, in every instance and circumstance, we are given a God who is with us from start to finish. This is a God who abides through the raging storms and the calm seas of life. God does not leave, ever. That is the great promise, no matter if the reminder comes from a rainbow in the sky or a movement of the heart.

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