From the Pastor

A Message From Pastor Miranda Denler

Suddenly we’ve come upon yet another change of season. I know it sounds cliché, but it all happens so fast. Rumor has it that September will end the run of 80-degree weather we have been enjoying. The Fall décor is already out everywhere we go. Everyone I meet seems ready for the change. It’s time.

What else is it time for beyond just a season change? Is it time for us to rededicate ourselves to the work of God?

Take a minute and read Isaiah 55. It’s only thirteen verses, so it won’t take long.

The prophet Isaiah is speaking to what remains of the people of Israel. Half the country has already been lost to enemy hands. What is the message Isaiah tries to convey? It’s time. It’s time to turn to God.

The people of Israel had turned from worshiping God to the worship of idols. They had given up the nutrition of spending time in the presence of God in exchange for the mediocre fare of human hands. It’s like being invited to a buffet, but deciding to eat the children’s mudpies instead. God called upon the Israelites, through the voice of Isaiah, to remember all that God had promised them and to give up their wicked ways.

What happens when the people of Israel turn toward the Lord? The final verses of chapter 55 describe first that God’s work will be done through the people and then they will celebrate. We could all use a good celebration right about now.

What work has God created you for? Have you let it fall to the wayside in the midst of the busy summer? Are you still trying to discover where God is calling you? Take heart, it’s time. God reminds us with the change of the season that it’s always time to turn back toward God. When we give our bodies over to the work of God, we can accomplish so much more than we could ever on our own. It’s time.

When we turn to God and God does great things, then it’s time to celebrate. Isaiah finishes the chapter with this description of that celebration: “You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands” (Isaiah 55:12, NIV). I remember quite clearly a Sunday School song with this verse. Every time you sang it, you would try to sing it faster, until it dissolved into laughter and general applause. This is the kind of joy I imagine we have in the presence of God. This is the kind of joy we can have now.

It’s time. The season has changed, and so can we. Let us turn to the Lord this month, let God work through us, and sing for joy at all God has accomplished!

Rev. Miranda Denler