Snow Stress or Break?

I know that many of you are scrambling to adjust plans that have been and/or will be disrupted in light of the weather events.  In some cases rehearsals and/or worship services were cancelled.  Simple organizational chores may go undone because of inability to get to work stations.  Meetings or other events may be postponed which means reorganizing calendars and schedules that are already overladen with more to do than we can humanly accomplish.  In my own case, I have looked forward for sometime to some upcoming gatherings that we have been working toward for months.  A planning team meeting, an exciting thinktank, and a statewide youth event are all scheduled for this month.  I have plenty else going on, but I am especially hopeful that these events can go on as scheduled.  I want the snow to hold off.

I would imagine there are just as many (probably more) kids who want the snow to keep on coming so that school will be snowed out as there are music ministers and other leaders who want the snowing to stop and roads to be cleared so we can get around and can gather people for the planned rehearsals, meetings, work, and events that have been planned.

Obviously, we cannot control the weather.  In times like this I am reminded of the Apostle Paul’s instruction in Philippians 4:4-13:

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your graciousness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 6 Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses  every thought, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8 Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable-if there is any moral excellence  and if there is any praise-dwell on these things. 9 Do what you have learned and received  and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.

10 I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last you have renewed your care for me.  You were, in fact, concerned about me, but lacked the opportunity [to show it]. 11 I don’t say this out of need, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. 12 I know both how to have a little, and I know how to have a lot.) In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret [of being content]-whether well-fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need. 13 I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me.

Sometimes it is hard not to worry.  It is certainly not always easy to dwell on whatever is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, and commendable.

God is amazing.  Sometimes the very thing that stops us in our tracks – like today’s weather – creates the setting for us to pause and get back on the right track of dwelling more on true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, and commendable things.  Many of us achiever-types may work too hard to produce, rather than backing out of the way to allow God to process.

Being unable to gather for worship can remind us of what a privilege it is to gather for worship.  Having to miss rehearsals may dictate that we use repeated material that our choirs and worship teams know well and can convey with more meaning.  Leading worship with reduced forces of instrumentalists, production personel, choir or voice team backups can press us to simplify and remain keenly sensitive to the Spirit’s leadership.

Sunday I had privilege to lead worship for a prayer revival.  When the meeting was scheduled some months ago, the church had not called a permanent pastor, but was being led by an interim.  As it turned out the new permanent pastor’s first Sunday on the church field was this same Sunday when the renewal services were scheduled.  I thought surely the new pastor would want to be in the pulpit on his first Sunday.  It first sounded like a conflict to me, but the interim pastor assured us that the new pastor wanted to continue with the revival as planned.  Sunday’s worshiped turned out to be a sweet time for church and new pastor as prayers of renewed commitment and covenant were the order of the day.  The new pastor’s family had freedom to be with the people without the pressure of pulpit responsibility.  Momentary tensions that first appeared as conflict to me turned out to be what could be interpreted as aspects of a wonderful plan that affirmed the new pastor’s calling.  While no one can say that the seeming schedule conflict and resolution was “God’s plan,” we can testify to the Lord’s sovereign watchcare through it, and can give praise for the fellowship of brothers in Christ who share calling to ministry and care more about His local church than meeting any egotistical need to be center stage at a given time.

Whether facing cancellations created by weather events, or negotiating scheduling conflicts presented by unpredictable timing, we can rejoice in the Lord always and know that He is faithful to care for His children.  He gives blessing to those who are seeking to do His will.

Day by day and with each passing moment,

Strength I find to meet my trials here;

Trusting in my Father’s wise bestowment,

I’ve no cause for worry or for fear.

He whose heart is kind beyond all measure

Gives unto each day what He deems best-

Lovingly, its part of pain and pleasure,

Mingling toil with peace and rest.

– Caroline V. Sandell-Berg

Faithfully,

Paul

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