It's April 17; Good Morning Union

“Abba, Father, everything is possible for You. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I want, but what you want.” Mark 14:36

How “convenient” that my journey through the Bible, one book a day, finds me in the gospels just as the Easter weekend approaches! NOT a coincidence! Thursday of the fateful, faith-filled weekend found Jesus with His followers both in the upper room for the Passover and in the Garden of Gethsemane for prayer. What captured me most this morning was the reminder by Jesus of the connection He had in His Father, first in God’s ability to do whatever He wanted (“everything is possible for You,”) and second in His confidence that His Father’s way was better than His (“not my will but Yours be done.)

He trusted God over Himself, not because He knew the outcome, but because He knew His Father. And what happened that WAS His Father’s will would probably NOT been His humanly chosen way to spend Thursday night and Friday. What looked in the present like nothing was turning out for good, ended up on Sunday as being the best thing that could possibly have happened.

And that’s my ah-ha moment for the day. God’s ways are WAY above my ways and my decision cannot be to seek His blessing on my will, but a establish and retain a connection with Him that helps me trust His decisions over mine, often times confirmed  when things DON’T go my way in the here-and-now. Trusting Him keeps me going when things don’t look good, knowing that when His will is finally played out it will be better than mine every time.

Have a great day learning how to trust YOUR Father with the whole picture of your life,
Pastor Rich

Quote for the day: “Our days are happier when we give people a bit of our heart rather than a piece of our mind.”

PS           Happy birthday to my son Greg!!

PPS        “Jammin’ for Jesus” is back. Join Anna and friends in Rees Hall from 9-9:30pm for a great time of worship, praise and fellowship.

PPPS      Pastor Michael is looking for 40 students who would be willing to stay after family worship tomorrow night and do a quick rehearsal for the closing scene of the Sabbath morning play. It’s a quick and easy “crowd scene” so if you’re willing to help plan to stay by tomorrow night. Thanks