Friday, June 20, 2014
When I read this part of Matthew I think of the prayer: O God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
When Jesus called the disciples forward, nudged them toward the future and taught them to be bearers of the light and of the good he did so with the strong encouragement: do be not afraid. Their participation called for fear to fade and faith to lead the way. Proclamation would be bold enough to come from the housetops. While fear restricts our imagination, faith invites us into possibilities beyond our efforts and abilities.
Whenever we venture into new challenges we will likely feel some fear. It’s natural. Whenever we face resistance or rejection in our endeavors fear will not be far away. The little reminder that not a sparrow goes unnoticed by God’s expansive care was the reassurance that God is always present, upholding, leading and seeing us through. It was a simple word to make room for courage so lives can be more aligned with Jesus and his mission. It was a way of saying that perfect love casts out all fear.
Where do you see the sustaining care of God’s love that leads you forward? When are the times you have been caught up in surprising moments of courage?
Pastor Randy J Olson