Congregational Church of the Chimes
Walking together in Faith, Fellowship and Service...
expressing hope and experiencing God's love.
Children's Message in worship with Nursery care and Sunday School available for all ages
Christmas in July
There is a Christmas tree in the Narthex ready for you to bring unwrapped gifts for the Los Angeles Children's Bureau. Gifts for all ages are welcome!
We look forward to seeing a jam packed tree on July 24th when we present the gifts for blessings!
He hesitated, paused and even exited the car to check the position of the traffic spikes in the road ahead of him. I watched it all, frustrated as I was in line behind him, waiting to return my own rental car. Mentally, I shouted at him, “Don’t be afraid, just go forward!” Thank God, he didn’t stop for long or decide to reverse direction.
Isn’t this true in life? Sometimes, we get right to the edge of a promise, a promotion at work, an important conversation or a career path change… and we hesitate! We stop, or worse, we reverse direction. But, for the believer, this is where our faith comes in handy. But, what is faith? Well, the scripture says that, “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)
I didn’t feel a need to hesitate when it was my opportunity to return the rental car. Nor did I feel the need to exit the car and check the physical evidence closer. I didn’t hesitate, partly because I had been through the process many times before. But of greater importance, I was able to trust the clearly delineated signage. One sign read, “ENTER HERE” the other read, “5 MPH DON’T BACK UP, SEVERE TIRE DAMAGE” in bold green lettering.
Similarly, as people of faith, we are also commanded to trust in a certain celestial, bold green lettering. We are called to take the guidance found in scripture; the hopefully wise counsel set up around you and our inward knowing; using it to delineate our path. Yet at times, the fear of what lies in front of us, the possible losses we would face if we misread the direction of the traffic spikes in our own life’s journey, is enough to cause us a bit of hesitation. We thought we read the signage right. In fact, we know we read it right, right? It’s that “what if,” that gives us pause. It’s the potential loss of tire pressure resulting from the possibility of tire damage, the loss of time, the loss of money, the loss of meaning in our lives that often allows fear to gain a foothold in our hearts and minds. We hesitate, we stop, we sometimes stay too long at a particular decision point and, God forbid, but there are even those times when we reverse direction and turn around completely.
But today, I want to encourage you. I want to scream into your spirit a few simple words. If you have prayed and considered God’s best, if you have consulted good friends and family, if you have searched your own heart……. If you have done all of this, and you are still currently hesitating at one of life’s many treacherous road spikes, I want to tell you one important phrase that I hope will echo in your soul for weeks - “DON’T BE AFRAID, JUST GO FORWARD!"
Grace & Peace,