Pastor’s Pen          September 14, 2016

“God brought Abram outside and said, ‘Look toward heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them,’ Then God said to Abram, ‘So shall your descendants be’.”                  Genesis 15:5

I almost missed it. Walking along the water’s edge, back hunched and watchful, I searched for interesting bits in the wash of tide. Intent and purposeful, I knew what I wanted: a shell, a bit of sea glass, a starfish perhaps, whole and beautiful.

As my companion cried out, I snapped from the morning reverie, matching his gaze out to sea. And there it was. The sky turned to fire in the morning light, backlighting a pod of dolphins making their way toward occupations invisible by those bound to shore.

It must have been like this for Abram who thought he knew what to find when looking for God. He thought God’s promise of children would appear when he was young. When no children were born to Abram and Sarai, they stopped looking. The promise of God hadn’t lined up with their plans. They were discouraged.

Gazing through their narrow vision and disappointed timeline, they almost missed the show too. But God’s ways are not our ways and God’s thoughts are not our thoughts. God had not forgotten them as they feared. God reminded Abram that God always keeps God’s promises.

Abram looked down and inward, measuring God’s faithfulness by what he wanted God to do. God had bigger plans. God redirected Abram’s gaze upward and outward, toward God’s promises fulfilled, as numerous as the stars.

I’m curious about the plans God has for your life, and mine. I trust that God will reveal them to us in God’s perfect time. And I hope I have the good sense to look up, so that when God does God’s brilliant thing, I don’t miss the show.  

Prayer: Open our eyes to see and our ears to hear your Word among us, trusting you in all things, all things. Amen