A Word from Our Pastor…

“Though the fig tree should not blossom and there be no fruit on the vines, though the yield of the olive should fail and the fields produce no food, though the flocks should be cut off from the fold and there be no cattle in the stalls, yet I will exult in the Lord, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.” – Habakkuk 3:17-18
Over the years, I have been amazed at how fans of a particular sports team will endure all sorts of weather to cheer on their team. People will attend sporting event in the driving rain. They will sit in the stands on a frozen tundra to register their support. Very often it seems that fans take it as a personal challenge to particularly show up in bad weather. That sort of loyalty is indeed admirable.
In my short time here at Main Street United Methodist Church I have been impressed with how our congregation shows up in all sorts of weather. We had some seriously stormy Sundays and have even had snow days. Attendance seems to remain consistent regardless. Rain doesn’t seem to deter anyone.
Shouldn’t people of faith be that way? We should stay consistent regardless of the circumstances. Keep on following the Lord and worshipping Him in the snow and the rain. Keep on living for God in the good times and the bad times. Hold on to our faith in times of abundance and scarcity. Walk with God when the wind is at your back and when it is blowing in your face.
The Bible never promises us a problem free existence. Actually it seems to say quite the opposite. Scripture tells us that we live in a fallen world this side of Eden. This world is full of troubles, hardships, injustices, disappointments, heartaches, loss and pain. Anyone who says anything any different is selling you something. God never promised us that things would be any different until Jesus returns in all his glory to make all things new. One day we will see a new heaven, new earth, sighing and mourning will be no more, but until then we have to live by faith and hold on to hope. Exult in the Lord and rejoice in God in spite of whatever the world may throw at us.