Posted on Aug 18, 2016 in Faith Updates
I was a little wet. Flecks of water had sprayed across my arms. Giggles came from the direction of the turquoise pool.
Each week, we take the kids to swimming lessons. Their teacher, Stacy, is so good with them. She brings out the best in each of them, challenging them to try new things and have a lot of fun in the process. It was a steaming hot day today—the pool looked inviting. I adjusted my sunglasses.
In the water, I watched my little one swimming on her back across the pool. For a swift second, she started to flail her arms, a look of panic across her face. And she started to sink. Stacy caught her and kept her little face from dipping under. They started again, and a moment or two later, the same scenario repeated.
At that point, Stacy put her arm around my child and asked what she thought was happening, and if she understood why she was sinking. My daughter looked up into her face and admitted she didn’t know. Stacy explained that, when she started to panic and flail her arms around, rather than just resting, that it caused her legs to drop…and then sink. She asked my green-eyed, freckled girl why she was panicking. “Are you afraid you’re going to hit the wall? of what you cannot see?” Em nodded her head. “Oh, my dear, I would never let that happen. You just need to trust me, and rest as you go through the water. I can see for you.” From that point on, my little one simply trusted. And she did not sink.
As I shared the story with my husband tonight, I got choked up. How often I am like my child. I cannot see exactly what is coming, and I start to flail my little arms in panic…and then I sink, overwhelmed by what is going on. God invites me to trust Him, and rest as I go through the water. He can see for me.
I feel like that is a theme God continues to bring up in my life. A call to rest. In the middle of all of the chaos, and the busy. To be still, and to trust Him. As I was snuggled in my soft white comforter reading (Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living by Shauna Niequest), I was reminded again of the Father who lovingly puts his arm around me, and invites me to rest in Him.
At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:25-30
Praying that we will lean into God’s character, when the waters rise around us, Faith family…knowing that we can rest in Him and He can see for us.
In His grace,
Here’s What’s Happening at Faith
All Church Picnic
All are invited to stay after service on Sunday, September 11, to enjoy fellowship and yummy food at an all church picnic! Food will be provided, but please feel free to bring some outdoor chairs and a lawn game to play. A children’s bounce house will be available.
Small Group Survey
At Faith, we believe that growth happens most effectively when it occurs in the context of relationship, and we strongly encourage all of our attendees to participate in a small group. Toward that end, we plan to launch some new small groups this fall. To do so, we need your help! Our “Small Group Survey” is now live on-line and you can participate by clicking HERE. We are asking ALL attendees to take one minute to complete this; your participation is vital as we make plans to ensure that there is a place for everyone!
CBE Leader Orientation
This fall, Faith Covenant (and the entire Covenant denomination!) will go on an 8-week journey through the New Testament, reading and discussing it in a fresh (chronological) way. We’re boldly asking all to journey with us, preferably in community via a small group. To that end, we’re offering two orientation nights for small group leaders, current and brand-new. All leaders should plan to attend on Wednesday August 31 or September 7, 6:30-7:30pm. Please RSVP to SmallGroups@faithcovenant.org. Also to note, new small groups will be forming in September for those not currently in one.
Men’s Tailgate Party
Attention guys of all ages! Join us as we kick off another year of ministry by eating food together; 6:15pm, Wednesday, September 21! There will be traditional tailgate fare, a chance to meet other guys from Faith, fun games available, and a sneak peek at what’s happening for GUYS this year. Suggested donation of $5 to help cover the cost of the meal. Contact Chase at 612.819.4474 for more information. Bring a friend -hope to see you there!
If you are looking to bless others by serving, consider volunteering on the kitchen team for events like the All-Church picnic or our monthly senior luncheons. There are opportunities to prep food, serve meals or clean up. Please contact Sally at email@example.com.
Paid Childcare Workers
We are looking for several people to be paid childcare workers for the occasional church meeting or Bible study. You must be 18 and willing to have a background check performed. The biggest requirement is an enjoyment of kids and the desire to share God’s love with them. Please contact Lynn in the office if you are interested, 952.890.3110 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Ask” Series Prayer
Holy God, Savior, and King,
Give us the faith to ask.
Give us the boldness to then ask again.
Give us the joy of knowing You hear,
And help us trust Your answer is love.
In the name of the Father, the Son,
and the Holy Spirit we pray.