APRIL 13, 2020

Be prayeRFUL

BY DR. VIC EMERSON

MONDAY MUSINGS

BY CHRISTIAN FORMATION PASTOR,

DR. VIC EMERSON

Be Steadfast by Pastor Vic Emerson

Romans 8:28 “We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” When I was in the army, I was stationed at Fort Rucker, Alabama. We visited Enterprise, Alabama and were perplexed that the city had a monument to a boll weevil in the town center. Turns out that farmers in southern Alabama were accustomed to planting one crop every year – cotton. They would plow as much ground as they could and plant their crop. Year after year they lived by cotton. Then one year the dreaded boll weevil devasted the whole area. So the next year the farmers mortgaged their homes and planted cotton again, hoping for a good harvest. But as the cotton began to grow, the insect came back and destroyed the crop, wiping out most of the farms. The few who survived those two years of the boll weevil decided to experiment the third year, so they planted something they’d never grown before – peanuts! And peanuts grew so well and the market proved so rapacious for the product that the farmers who survived the first two years made enough money that third year to pay off all their debts. They planted peanuts form then until today – and the area has prospered greatly! Then you know what those farmers did? They spent some of their new-found wealth to erect that monument to the boll weevil in the town square. If it hadn’t been for the boll weevil, they never would have discovered the peanut market. They learned that even out of disaster can come great delight. We need to learn that same lesson in light of the COVID-19 disaster we face now. God has not forsaken us and He still works all things for our good. Let me encourage you, it has yet to be seen what God may do in spite of this tumultuous and troubling time! As Paul said to the Corinthians (2 Cor 15:58), “…be stedfast, ummovable…” in Him, He has it all under control.


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Pastor Vic's Weekly Devotional

March 31st, 2020

BE STILL

Christian Formation Pastor Vic Emerson

Psalm 46:10 "Be still and know that I am God...
Max Lucado recounts the story of two paddle boats. They left Memphis about the same time,

traveling down the mighty Mississippi River to New Orleans. As they sailed along side one

another, sailors from one vessel made a few remarks about the snail’s pace of the other boat.

Words were exchanged. Challenges were made. And the race was on! Competition became vicious as the two boats roared through the Deep South. 

One boat began falling behind. Not enough fuel. There had been plenty of coal for the trip, but not enough for a race. As the boat dropped back, an enterprising young sailor took some the ship’s  cargo and tossed it into the ovens. When the sailor saw that the supplies burned as well as the coal,  they fueled their boat with the material they had been assigned to transport. They ended up winning  the race, but burned up their cargo. 

You know, God has entrusted some precious cargo to us as well, for example:

• Family

• Friends

• Finances

• Future

In the “rat race” of life, we often sacrifice our precious cargo just to keep up (or occasionally get a little ahead). Wouldn’t it be a shame to win the rat race at the expense of what really matters?  The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to slow down, curtailing the “non-essential,” conversely,  allowing us to focus on the essentials. Even in this crisis, God can work for our good (Romans  8:28), making it possible to be still and know that He is God, and He is good. 

So slow down, be  still, and focus on your essential cargo

during this opportunity we’ve been afforded.