But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
~ Isaiah 40: 31
A few years ago I was walking the beach one morning. I asked a woman who was walking as well, to wave her arms when I reached a place to take this photo. I wanted her to cause the birds to rise together.
When I reached a good vantage point, I motioned her. She let out a loud scream and waved her hands. I about fell over because not only did she frighten the birds, but I was not expecting the loud scream!
I snapped a few shots, started laughing, and then asked if she was okay.
I love the photo, and love the memory.
There is something about "being ready, or prepared." So much of what our faith is based on, is the need to be ready.
Ready for Christ. Ready for the unexpected. Ready for... you name it.
I grew up with the family motto, "Nothing is as permanent as change."
For us, it's not to a need to be ready as much as it was about reality. It has been proven time and time again to be true in my life, and has become not just a motto, but words of advice as well.
I don't know what it is about being a pastor that seems to bring those moments when someone questions, "so do you think we're living in the end times?"
My honest answer, "I don't know."
What do you think?
I do believe that there is still the need for, and the presence of hope for each new day. I'm grateful to know that for each of us, no matter how much change, or perhaps how the world may be perceived, God's love does not change. I can't prepare myself any more than simply acknowledging and believing that no matter what may happen tomorrow, God will make sure I'm ready.
That is a promise for each of us.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2018
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.