If you’ve been around a sufficient number of years you may have heard Mom or Dad remind you that you’re getting “too big for your britches.”
It was the gentle warning, in direct connection to some activity or attitude of mine, that was meant to interrupt that behavior and re-direct my attention to a more acceptable direction. You might remember something similar. If I failed to respond to that gentle reminder, something more direct and memorable would be on the way.
Please do not misunderstand. My Mom and Dad blessed me beyond description by being the people of Faith that they were. They provided life examples in connection with their strong Faith. Still … from time to time, like every child, I needed a clear reminder.
Take a little walk down memory lane with me. Over the past twenty or thirty years we, as a society, as a nation, have enjoyed some truly amazing developments. Medicine is certainly one such field of development. Taking an even more simple area, how about the telephone service we all enjoy? Today we walk around with cell phones. We can call just about anyone, no matter where they happen to be in the world. In that little cell phone, we also have a camera, a GPS system, access to the internet and a computer that is so far beyond the computers used by the first man-landing on the moon as to make us think/feel we can accomplish just about anything.
Then comes a sorrow, then comes a problem that rolls over us like a bulldozer pushing an old shack down. We have all seen some of that over recent months. COVID comes to mind (obviously) but there are so many other things that impact us and are beyond our personal abilities to control or diminish. Could it possibly be that these things can remind us that we’ve gotten too big for our britches? Could they even be understood as blessings because they direct our harried field of attention to our Heavenly Father?
Isaiah, chapter 43, includes a beautiful promise – a wonderful pronouncement from our loving God. Verses 1, 2 and 3:
“But now thus says the Lord, He who created you, O Jacob, He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.”
To us, the created, from He who created us: “Fear Not!” Talk with Him in prayer about everything, both delightful and troubling. He always hears and always acts out of love for you.
-Meet Pastor Rod-
Pastor Rod, a life-long Lutheran, graduated from the University of Minnesota and Concordia Theological Seminary.
As a ‘retired Pastor’, Rod stays busy serving local pulpits, leading worship in Senior resident facilities, and writing for the blog.
Pastor Rod lives in Savannah with his wife Deb along with their four- legged furry children (their doggies of course).
With Deb, Pastor Rod especially loves to travel spending time with children & grandchildren.
But most notably, Pastor Rod looks great in a hat!