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On the Journey...
Monthly Insight From Pastor Phil Yoder
When I was little, my mother used to spend a lot of time sewing. She made our clothes, and covers for our beds, and many other things Occasionally, I would sit at her knee and look up from the floor and ask her what she was doing. And she would tell me that she was embroidering. Then, I would look up and watch her work within the boundaries of that little round hoop that she held in her hand. I would complain to her that whatever it was that she was doing, it sure looks messy from what I can see, and I even asked her, “Mom, are you sure you are doing it right, because it looks like such a mess?” She would smile at me and say, “Child, you just go about playing, and when I am finished with my embroidering, I will put you on my knee and let you see my work from up here.” I would wonder why she was using dark threads along with the bright ones, and why they seemed so messed up. And I would wonder why it is taking so long, and can anything nice come out of such a jumbled mess. Then after awhile, my mother say, “Okay Child, now come here and sit on my knee.”
Then I would climb up on her lap, and I would be so surprised and thrilled to see a beautiful flower, a colorful bird, a landscape, or a sunset. And everything looked so perfect. I could not believe it, because from underneath it looked like a disaster. Then mother would say, “My child, from underneath it did look messy and jumbled, and nothing really made any sense, but you did not realize that there was a plan on the top. I had a design, and I was following it. When you look at it from up here, you now see what I was doing.”
Through the years, many times I have looked up to heaven and said, “Father, what are you doing? Life down here is so messy, and painful, and at times doesn’t make much sense. And even when I pray, the mess stays here.” And my Heavenly Father would answer, “I am embroidering your life. Just trust me that I am making something beautiful, and one day you will see it from up here, then it will all make sense to you. I am an artist, am I not? Just look at the world with all the beauty that I put in the world.” And I would ask, “But why does it look so messy and jumbled down here? And why are the threads of my life so dark sometimes. Why can’t they all be bright?” Then, My Father would tell me, “My child, you go about working and doing My business, and one day I will bring you to heaven and put you on my knee and you will see everything from my side. Then you will see that I have been making something very beautiful!”