Wednesday, November 30, 2016
[Reader approaches microphone and in their most official voice announces the following.]
Due to minor technical difficulties, today’s short drama has been cancelled.
[Reader begins to walk back to his/her seat and then abruptly turns around and returns to the microphone.]
Cancelled? Really? Due to minor difficulties? Who’d a thunk it?
Didn’t Jesus say that we would have trouble in the world? I’m sure he did. Some of the people here who are really fast with their phones have already come up with John 16:33. Some of you remembered that one from camp a couple years ago. Some of you have known it for years.
Sometimes, things do not always go according to plan, at least according to our plan. James reminded us not to get married to our plans. If God wills it then he WILL bless our plans. We don’t need to get wrapped up over knowing every detail of every event or circumstance that lies ahead.
Sometimes we just need to go with it, you know, trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding….
I think there is more to that one…
[Pause for the congregation to join you. You may need to encourage with hand gestures.]
In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.
OK, so we didn’t get to do the short drama that we planned. We didn’t have a mini-message this time. OK, life goes on without one.
[Begins to walk away but quickly returns to the microphone this time.]
Or maybe we did have a short message. [Big smile.]
Jesus said: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 NIV
I think that I will just accept God’s peace and know that he has overcome the world. I’m good with that.