In the 70’s, I was on several trips to Bowren Lakes, hundreds of miles north in Canada, a series of about 70 miles of lakes in a triangle so that you start and end at the same place. Some lakes connected by rivers, some carry the canoe a little way to the next lake. On one trip, our family went (my brother’s honey moon, but that’s another story…). On this particular trip, Jim was with Jan in a canoe … My Dad was with my mother. That left me with my sister… I was in the back, she was in the front. My sister had an interesting way of paddling. Normally, to go forward in the canoe on a lake in which the water is not moving, -- this is not rocket science – you put the oar in the water, then you pull on the oar to thrust the canoe forward. That was not Barb’s style. She put the oar in the water, then let it drift behind her, pick it up and do it all over again… that left me to do all the work!
One fellow was talking to his next-door neighbor about a speaker he heard the night before. He told the neighbor, "That guy said something that has really stuck in my mind. He said that all of the world’s problems could be summed up in two words: ignorance and apathy. What do you think?" The neighbor replied, "I really don’t know and I really don’t care."
Apathy…Did you hear about the company that makes blank bumper stickers? They're for people who don't want to get involved.
When your life spirals out of control it’s like going down in quicksand. The harder you try, the deeper you sink. Samson could have learned something from some Medical Lake children, in an incident that happened here in Washington State several months ago. Here’s a news clip:
A mild admission of a life that is out of control… Dear Lord, So far today I've done well....I haven't gossiped, I haven't lost my temper, I haven't been greedy, grumpy, nasty, selfish, or overindulgent. I'm very thankful for that. But in a few minutes, Lord, I'm probably going to need a lot more help, because I am about to get out of bed.. Amen
What I notice in this prayer? Everything that is wrong is about emotions. Our feelings often get us in hot water and lead to more bad decisions. We KNOW what is right, but we let our feelings dictate our actions. This week I was in a counselor’s office, obviously he worked a lot with children, on the walls a series of drawings, each labeled with emotions. Judges 14 is a man that is out of control. I’ve heard many people say in Sumas, “If I go to Church the walls might fall down.” Let me tell you about Samson, none are more self-indulgent, arrogant, moody, self-serving that Samson. The Spirit of God is upon him, yet he has not fully yielded his life to God. (As I worked on this message, last night I made the decision there is too much for one sermon, so I am dividing it into two messages.)
The older I get, my thoughts are refined of what it means to be a Christian. I am beginning to see there will always be a tension. As we remain faithful to God, living in the world, striving to be like Christ, there will always be that tension of having high ideals, yet falling short. The struggle of wanting a measure of control, yet letting God control us, wanting to play it safe, but allowing God to take us into unknown areas. I see God using people with messy lives. People in the middle of chaos and confusion that are used by God. Today we begin a series on Samson – Samson is a man of tension, contradictions. If Samson were to move into Sumas and wanted to become a member of SACC, I’m not sure I’d want him! The man has anger problems/women problems… he’s not innocent. But who is?
Carl Crouse, Pastor
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