The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and forevermore. (Psalm 121:8)
There are times in life when we don’t want to get out of bed. We are consumed by grief or fear. We cry out like Job for God to hide us or take us or save us. Despair looms.
In those times, as we’re wondering where we’ll find help, we need to be reminded that God keeps us. God keeps us in community when we want self-obsessed isolation. God gives us solitude when we want busy distraction. God provides a way out and reminds us that neither life nor death nor anything else can separate us from God’s loving embrace. Not now, not ever. God calls in transition; God calls right on time.
Today is the third Sunday of Easter. We remember Mikael Agricola, bishop of Turku, who died in 1557. This message was adapted from, “Faith Reflections: Timelines and transitions” by Joy McDonald Coltvet from the January 2006 issue of Cafe.