Lightning was flashing, thunder was roaring, black clouds looked angry, and the train was traveling fast. The tension and fear among the passengers was most evident. 

However, one little boy, sitting by himself, seemed completely unaware of the raging storm. One of the passengers spoke to him, “Aren’t you afraid to travel alone on such a stormy night?”  The lad looked up and answered with a smile, “No, Ma’am. I’m not afraid. My daddy’s the engineer.” 

We don’t know the future, but we know the One who holds it.  We have seen enough to teach us to trust in God for what we have not seen. I will not doubt! 

Though all my ships at sea come drifting home with broken masts and sails, I will believe the Hand that never fails. And though I weep because those sails are tattered, still will I cry, while my hopes lie shattered: I trust in thee. (The Preacher’s Illustration Service)

These have been very difficult days for all of us in this previous year. Difficult for our families, neighbors and others. Some have lost loved ones to COVID; others have lost employment. Food and personal needs have at times been difficult to find. Many of us have been discouraged and depressed, wondering about the future.  

Yet there is hope to be found in God, in God’s faithfulness to us and in God’s ability to provide for us.

I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” ( Psalm 91:2 NIV)

Shalom.

 

The Rev. Dr. Richard L. Nelson is the interim pastor at the First Baptist Church in Winfield.

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