Through my network of connections on Twitter I know things about people I have never met. There are a couple of pastors I follow on Twitter who are friends with a Texas pastor by the name of Matt Chandler. Matt was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor. There is much to know about his story (click here), but what hit me was this quote by Matt:
This has not surprised God. He is not in a panic right now trying to figure out what to do with me or this disease…
Wow. What more could I say than that. He looks at God and knows God saw this coming. He looks at God and knows God has his (Matt’s) life in his hands. He looks to God and knows God will do just the right thing regarding this disease and his life (and the life of his family). He looks at God and says, yes, even now I can trust God.
Then there’s me. I have been in a snit for week now. We’re building a simple building for a growing ministry and our contractor is taking forever. Little things are not being done right. Other things are not being done and corrective actions are not been taken quickly enough. I fret over the fact that this work is taking so long. And then I see a quote like the one above.
Not only do I realize that my struggle and our church’s struggle pale in comparison to Matt Chandler’s and his church, but I also realize that I have not looked upon the same God he has. I have not looked upon the God who doesn’t panic or fret. God is not surprised by the delays in construction of HIS church. God is not fretting over the timeline. God is not panicking about the reality that the dedication of this building happens just a few days from when this blog entry is posted. God knows what He’ll do and He knows when He’ll do it. A contractor’s lack of attention and a subcontractor’s slow process don’t create havoc for God.
And so I have to wonder, if it doesn’t create panic or concern for God, why does it for me? If the God who does not slumber nor sleep also does not panic nor fret, why do I think I must?
What about you?
Are you worried? Panicked? Afraid of the future or lack thereof?Fretting over how fast or slow things are happening? The God who created you and the God who loves you is not. If you look to him and realize that truth, the promise is that you will find a peace that passes understanding. That’s the lesson I learned from a pastor I have never met but would be honored to know.
As a favor to me, if you get a chance, pray for Matt Chandler and his family.
Holy high five to you, Mike