In the wee hours of Tuesday, about 3:00am, both Kay and I heard a noise that sounded something like a door being pulled shut. After a couple of anxious minutes of contemplation it was decided that one of us was going to have to get up and investigate. Being that all of the life insurance we own is currently on me, I was the obvious choice. It struck me as I peeked around first the upstairs…and then down…and then the garage…that this was one search in which I hoped and prayed that I might come up empty. After about 5 minutes I found nothing, or no one, while at the same time finding everything; everything of ours that was in the house seemed still to be in the house. As I re-retired for the night my anxieties kept me awake. What if??? What if someone had broken in and stolen all our stuff (we really don’t have much of value)? What if someone was still out there, hiding, waiting to do us harm? What if all of the pizza restaurants suddenly shut down? Our human nature, and the devil, love to play that game with our minds. “What if” disaster is about to strike? “What if” death is on my door step? “What if” my life totally falls apart? A long time ago I heard something very true that I carry with me today (and I’m not sure on the actual percentage); “95% of the things that I worry about never happen!” Instead of being obsessed by “what if?” we should be fixed on “what is!, what is really true. And THAT is that Jesus is our Lord and Savior, not just in eternity but here and now as well. His encouragement to us is; "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." (John 16:33) In the Word of God we find peace and security. Jesus reveals to us that He is in charge of all things (“All authority has been given to me” Matthew 28:18) and there is nothing we need to worry about, nothing to fear. Yes this life will get messy, and painful at times…things will “bump” into us in the night, but Jesus has told us that too. We will have trouble, but with Him we rise above it. He lifts us up and carries us in our most desperate and difficult times, and then gently puts us down to walk with Him when the storm has passed. “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus”…then close them and sleep like a baby.
Pastor Brian Albrecht has served St. John's since June of 2009