Just look at Jesus

August 2020 has been one long month.

Can I get an “Amen!”?

Colorado is so hot and dry. Wildfires are raging across the western states as many are praying for rain.

Meanwhile, my friends in Hyderabad, India, are praying for the rain to stop due to severe flooding.

Raise your hand if you learned a new word for a severe windstorm this month. Granted, I didn’t pay too much attention in Environmental Geography, but I don’t remember ever hearing the term “Derecho.” I first read it in a tweet by President Trump and thought for sure he pulled another “Covfefe.”

Folks in Iowa are still trying to dig out of that brutal ‘Derecho’ storm. We pray for God to be with them through it all.

Our church in Colorado has gone five months without holding “in-person” weekend services, and there is no indication when the restrictions on large gatherings will be lifted. We pray for God to bring a swift end to this pandemic and allow us to return rejoicing to our faith communities.

Health issues, financial worries, questions about safety in our schools (for students, teachers, administrators, workers), political parties squaring off in advance of a contentious and monumental election…need I go on?

With so much distraction, heartache and confusion, how do we ever find our way?

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith…” (Hebrews 12:1-2 NLT)

The first thing we need to remember is that¬†we are NOT alone. We aren’t the only ones who have been through difficult times. The Bible is full of stories of God’s faithful people who endured so much more.

We’re surrounded by a global Christian community that spans the ages. Not only that, but we have confidence that God is with us in the midst of our trials and tribulations. God isn’t asking us to run this race all by ourselves. We simply need to look for Jesus, and once we recognize him, we need to keep our eyes focused there.

Don’t look around. Don’t look back.

 Just look at Jesus and do what he does.

Let’s choose this day to go with God into the chaos and the craziness of our current situation. Let’s choose to live “on mission,” wherever we may be, and trust that we are not going alone.

Let’s choose to serve…to listen…to love.

Let’s choose to simply be with God, knowing that God chooses to be with us.