A word from Pastor Mario
Have you felt out-of-place recently? What with all the changes taking place in society, technology, relationships, church, and even the lines between right and wrong? And I guess the list could go on and on? It isn’t difficult, for me at least, to feel like a square peg in a round hole, or just plain out of sync.
This feeling odd or strange in any given situation, can wreak havoc on emotional well-being (like feeling a bit crazy). And, depending on our personal temperament, can cause stress and negative introspection.
And a condition like this, left unchecked, can cause us to build high, thick walls.
Walls that can not only be hard to penetrate, but which eventually close in and crush us. And I don’t think that anyone who is healthy mentally and spiritually would purposely choose to stay in such a condition for long. Still most of us face such feelings and situations, sooner or later.
And when we feel this way, we tend to withdraw and even isolate ourselves. We sometimes even become really critical of others, even those who want to help us.
- But it’s important to fight such impulses, not give in to them!
- And it’s better to own up to our feelings. Denying them doesn’t help.
- After all, the Lord already knows how we feel. And he doesn’t hold it against us.
- He too seemed to often feel out-of-place while walking this earth.
So let’s remember that the Lord loves us, even when we are unlovable. And let’s rest in that love.
Let’s allow Christ’s words in the Gospels to ring loud and long in our ears. Shut out the other noises. And grow still until we start to see that he is always with us, and for us. And that his love is all that matters, nothing else, no one else, only him.
In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also, (John 14:2-3).
My prayer is that this out-of-place feeling would make us truly homesick for the place he has gone to prepare.
We may feel out-of-place now. But God is preparing a home where our hearts can rest forever.