As I was looking through my social media feed this past week, I saw something a long-time Hopester had posted. He was sharing about the “Beautiful Things” section of our services and mentioned that we share about beautiful things happening in our church, our community, and our world. He shared how his desire was for our media and news outlets to do the same, to take just 3 minutes of their time to remind and encourage, instead of the constant barrage of destruction, pain, and brokenness we see all around us.
It reminded me of the moment that Joshua was about to take over for Moses in leading God’s people. The Israelites had been wandering for 40 years and were about to face some of the most fearsome adversaries they had ever seen. I can relate to these people. Our world seems lost. Our world seems dark. We are up against a great adversary.
But Moses speaks to God’s people.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
I find it easy to forget this. That God is WITH us.
The darkness seems to come in and overshadow, to blindfold us from seeing the truth and reality that is all around us. To miss the good that God is doing. Our world is no exception. It is easy for us to focus on the destruction and hate.
BUT I am reminded, coming out of this Christmas season, that the Light has come. Jesus has come to make us see. To cast off the shadow and to reveal the truth around us. That God is good and what He is doing is all around us.
I love when we do Beautiful Things in our services. What a way that God has given our Church to be reminded of His goodness in this world, even though it may be something small, like some dirt being moved around our property.
These good things are to be a light that shows us what is in store. We look forward to the next Beautiful Thing, and to the one after that because these things draw us and lead us closer to the Father.
My prayer for us all is that we do not get overcome by the darkness, but instead lead others through the darkness with the Light that is in us.