Every trip cycles through a variety of emotions. You begin with excitement and anticipation. The games of trying to find all the different license plates or gothrough the alphabet with the signs bring laughter and joy. Then you hit where the excitement turns into fatigue. The car games turn old and you can't seem to get comfortable in the car. The excitement returns as you get a little closer to the destination.
So we have started a couple of journeys in the past couple of months. First, we began our journey of faith together as pastor and congregation. There is excitement in getting to know each other and work together. And we have started the journey through Scripture chronologically. September has been exciting as we have gone deeper into Genesis and looked at the Story in new ways. As we begin to enter “October and then travel into November, we will hit some of the harder stories-perhaps unfamiliar stories in the Old Testament. The excitement we started with may give way to some fatigue. The names and places are not familiar. The customs seem odd. I want to encourage you to hang in there. Stay the course. The journey will have some rough places but we will be richer for pushing through the harder times.
As we journey together, I pray we are finding ourselves in the Story as well as God’s faithfulness. Like Abraham, may we join God’s Story and trust God. Like Jacob, may we wrestle with God and be changed. Like Joseph, may we find that as we give our pain to God, God can make something beautiful. Like Moses, may we find our voice to help those who are oppressed.
You are invited to join one of our small groups as we continue this journey.