March 29, 2020

So, why is it that the speed limit in construction zones is lower? Have you ever thought about it? Is it so that they can give out more tickets? Is it so that you are so frustrated with the slow pace, that when it is all over you are enthused about the new road? Possibilities… but the real reason is that by slowing down the speed of traffic, the driver is more able to see the hazards, and able to react in time to not have an accident. In other words, it is to cut down on accidents, and injuries. Although most of us, tend to see construction zones and lowered speed limits as a nuisance, to be avoided at all costs. Right now, we find ourselves in a definite slow zone. One that we can’t avoid. But I would suggest to you, that it is also a construction zone, and we should take advantage of it. Over the last couple of weeks, we have had to slow down, and take a breath. There have been no practices, no programs, no sports, no blockbuster events, etc. We aren’t running from one place to another, trying to cram in one more event, or activity.
And as a result, I think that many of us (I know I definitely have) are seeing the hazards along the way. We hurry through life so fast that we don’t enjoy it. We are so focused on where we are going that we don’t take pleasure in where we are. We are so locked in to getting things done, that we don’t rely on our Heavenly Father. We have been trying to take in all the world has to offer, and in the process, we have lost sight of all that God has to offer. All that He has given, and all that He has done.
So, with that being said, let’s take advantage of the construction zone we find ourselves in. Instead of focusing on what everything around us that needs fixed, let’s focus on what WE need to fix. Instead of complaining about the slower pace of life, let’s make the most of the slow down. Instead of focusing on all the things we can’t do, let’s take joy in  the things we can do. And while the buzz word for the day is Social Distancing, let’s be reminded that God is never distant. He never has been, and never will be. I know these are difficult times, and I know that it has brought about a lot of change for many of us, including myself, but maybe it wouldn’t seem as difficult and daunting, if we would see it as an opportunity to improve ourselves, our family relationships and our relationship with our Savior, instead of an obstacle to all the things we have come to believe we need.
I would like to invite you to join us any Sunday at 10:45am on our Facebook page, @antiochelkcity, or on our website, for a time of praise and worship, to join in sharing the Lord’s Supper, and for a message from His Word. If you do, send us a picture of you and your family worshipping together. If there is something that speaks to you in the message or the worship, leave a comment to let us know you are there. And if you need prayer feel free to send us a message, or go to our website and place it on our digital Prayer Wall. And if you make a decision today, share it with us so that we can rejoice with you! We may not be together in the same building, but we are together in one Spirit. Have a great day and remember, Jesus loves you!