However, on Monday afternoon we received word that the host location could not meet their corporate office requirements and needed to back out. So, we had to come to the painful decision to cancel the event completely. The months of preparation, excitement and hard work had come to a standstill with one email. Our hearts were broken, as we were left with nothing else we could do.
So here we are, in the stillness.
We've received some very kind emails and posts and phone messages of support and encouragement. One of which resonated with me deeply: "Sometimes dreams have to die for new ones to be born."
This phrase has stuck with me for a couple of days now, because it was not a statement directed just at the disappointment of a ministry event. It was the general feeling that I think all of us have known at some point or the other in our lives. It is the time of stillness in between when what might have been is gone, and what hope and faith will bring.
Its that place betwixt and between, where you suddenly are faced with the reality that what you thought your life pattern or trajectory of a relationship or outcome of a situation would be, is not. And you are in the stillness of nothing.
Sometimes that is the best place for God to work on us. When our own ideas don't come to fruition, we are left vulnerable and open for God to offer us a new beginning. When you think about it, this is the resurrection story. This is the three days between death and new life, the mystery of which we will never comprehend. But what we believe in the midst of the stillness is a hope of what God can do, that is beyond our human capability.
Our Scripture passage this week, Mark 4:35-41 leads us in this lesson of discipleship. The story of the stormy seas, in which the disciples are tossed about, fearing for their lives as Jesus sleeps in the boat. When he wakes, and calms the storm, he replies to their cries of fear and anger: "Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?"
The calming of the waters, left them in stillness.
The words of Jesus, still have you no faith?
Its not a Greek translation, but there is a connection. In the midst of our still moments of life, we are called as disciples to not fear. Still believe, God is with us, we are not alone. When we are asking the question: Still, Lord? Still must there be despair and hurt and frustration and pain in our lives? Haven't we had enough already? That is when Jesus asks us: still?
I look forward to seeing you Sunday as we answer Jesus' question together,
I invite you to make a donation of those who have worked for months to prepare for our Pets on the Hill event.
To donate, please visit the following websites:
Legacy Boxer Rescue
Duck Team 6
k9 Mill Rescue
DFW German Shepherd Rescue
DFW Labrador Retriever
North Texas Samoyed Rescue