By Cheryl Baird
God is bigger than the highs and the lows. My daughter and I have tattoos on our left wrist that say exactly that! She suggested it last year as we were experiencing stress in our family and she wanted a constant reminder of God’s presence. It’s easy to lose track of the goodness of God when things are going very well, and it’s easy to doubt Him in times of trouble.
Our annual meeting this past Sunday was packed full of highs. We cheered the financial news which included making our budget despite being significantly behind only a few short months ago. God’s provision was shining through with that announcement!
We installed new leaders, and thanked the old ones. We celebrated the news that Pastor Steve Hands was able to go full time as the Pastor in Warrenville because our board took a risk and approved an aspirational budget. We were celebrating and thanking God for leading us so clearly!
And then the text came in, and we stopped. We got word from Pastor Steve that his wife Jess was having an emergency C-section that very moment. Pastor Mitch called us to prayer, and we begged God for mercy, protection, and healing for Jess and the baby.
The atmosphere in the room shifted from celebration to concern. A baby in distress is the worst possible news. I looked at my wrist, and He reminded me once again that He is Lord over all. He is greater than the celebrations and greater than the sadness of this life.
He is Lord over all and He sees and knows and He is with us. Let’s be a community that leans into our God always.
“Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, who trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit” Jeremiah 17:7-8