BY CHRISTIAN FORMATION PASTOR,
DR. VIC EMERSON
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March 31st, 2020
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:
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.