"Cast your bread upon the waters, for after many days you will find it again."
~ Ecclesiastes 11: 1
When does one finally succumb to the challenges and give up?
Even the home team of the football game begins to acknowledge loss when three touchdowns behind. The thought turns from, "We still have a chance," to, "If I leave now we will beat the traffic."
In today's society the idea of loss or failure, can have a lasting impact on a person's well-being and can ultimately paralyze the ability to succeed. It's not something that is planned for. No one sets out to fail, but failure is a part of life.
One of the most difficult things to deal with is when there is deliberate acts by others who ultimately want to see you fail.
Unfortunately that can and does happen. Even while serving congregations, I have witnessed what I call, "parking lot conversations" that have brought harm to not only the church, but others.
While Christ struggled to help usher in the Kingdom of God, one of his own disciples sold him out, and yet, he looked into the man's eyes and said, "Go and do what you must."
Ultimately the death of Christ made it possible for the empty tomb, but for many, the thought of death was seen as the end.
The good news is that there is always eternity. The Kingdom of God doesn't spend eternity concerned with our failures, whether self-created, or due to the choices of others. We were created by God to do God's will.
Even when the words, "It is finished" filled the air above the crowd, God still had a plan.
God of My Wandering...
God of discovery and re-creation,
help me to know
that there will indeed be times of wandering,
but in my wandering
lead me to green meadows;
I understand that there are times of darkness
but while in that darkness,
I know that there will also be the dawn;
that in my heart
which seeks You
through my whole being
will begin to flow
the valleys of my soul;
and that I will journey
wet from the experience
when again I find that I am wandering.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2020
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.