April 2021

Abide in Him

 

Recently, a friend on Facebook shared the story of a Broadway actor named Eryn LeCroy. She is an OCU graduate, so naturally I was drawn into the story. I’d like to share it as a way God can resurrect us from “death” to life in Jesus Christ in the midst of our time. Here is a portion of the article:

“…When Broadway shut down, my entire life screeched to a halt. There was so much unknown about the virus at that time. I decided to leave New York the next day and stay with my family, out in the suburbs. What I expected to be a few weeks of quality time and rest turned into months. I struggled to find hope. I felt so much loss—of my career into which I had poured years of my life, the community I had spent four years building, and the loss of my home in New York City. I found myself wanting to push past the deep grief, try to look ahead and stay positive. However, God in His abundant kindness re-assured me that it was okay to grieve, and tenderly encouraged me to take my sorrow straight to him. While living in this unknown has been challenging, God has reminded me that waiting can be a time of refreshing, renewal and learning. In the midst of losing control during this pandemic, I have been shown how to deeply abide in Him. When we abide, we bear patiently and endure without yielding, and we wait with hope and expectancy. Abide in Him, and abun-dance flourishes. I used to think “abundance in my life” would look like a thriving, successful career. But God has shown me that abundance comes in many forms. It’s all around me in nature, in relationships, in rest, and in time spent with our Savior who is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Abundance is time dedicated to His word; being with people we love; even en-joying the delicious food we eat. Our father is always faithful. While there are still so many questions and uncertainties within my specific industry, God is good, and His mercies are fresh and exciting every morning. He will never leave me nor forsake me, and those promises are more anchoring than anything we may ever hope for. God’s movement through new things is part of His redemptive nature and character. May we abide in Him and hold our arms out with hopeful expectancy every day, in spite of our circumstances. Praise God. To Him be the glory in all things.”

“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” (Isaiah 43:19)

In Christ’s footsteps we walk,
Pastor Roger