Mark 4:37-41 â€œA furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” 39He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. 40He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” 41They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!“
Today it was supposed to be a icy, cold, very bad day.
We face decisions every day. We choose what to eat, what to wear, and even more impacting things like whether or not to have a worship service. There are temporal things to consider like the exertion that goes into setting everything up and breaking it down. We tell ourselves that we are doing it for the Lord, but letâ€™s face it, itâ€™s hard work. There have been two occasions when I decided to have church on an inclement weather day, and the only people that showed were those setting up the service. Thatâ€™s a morale kick in the pants.
If few people show, then it looks like we are a smaller church than we are to guests. (Yes, perception is important). There is a much smaller offering than normal, and if we cancel then there is none at all. There is the danger of accidents if you donâ€™t and there is a missed opportunity to share the gospel if we do. I used to think that there might be a person, who would have come, and their life may have been changed forever â€“ but we canceled instead.
When making these decisions I have decided to let God be God. If Daybreak were a church located in remote
I also believe that storms lead us back to asking the question of, â€œWhy do we assemble anyway?â€ I mean, â€œWhy have a church worship service?â€ Many times in life we go through the motions, even things that we have done our whole lives, but forget their purpose.
Obviously, gathering as the body of Christ is important (and commanded). I believe that I will soon do a sermon on this exact question, because storm or not there are those who find something far more insignificant than an ice storm to keep them away. I also become focused on lights, sound, media, chairs, etcâ€¦when my focus should be worshiping God instead. Sometimes storms help us to re-focus on what is truly important.