Do the hard work

Aug. 9, 2020

Scripture Readings

There has always been something about oceans that struck me. Perhaps it’s because of the life they hold below the waves, or that they embody both chaos and peace. There is nothing more beautiful than gentle blue waters crashing on sand beaches and nothing more terrifying than a dark ocean stirring and crashing about by the storm. 

I love how Psalm 93 refocuses our view of the crashing seas. It turns our view of chaos into God’s purpose, a theme I have been trying to focus on in one of the most chaotic seasons I have ever experienced. The crashing of the waves is creation lifting its voice. He calms the seas that seem untamable to us. To me, it’s the sound of heaven touching earth. He is untroubled by the waves; he walks on them. His voice is mightier than the waves. Our response to his voice, then, should also echo that might – just as creation does. His holiness, majesty and grace are not something for us to confess in mundane whispers, but something for us to roar. 

I often find myself asking, “How do I help bring purpose to chaos?” I truly believe the answer is to do the hard work. Just like when David said to Solomon, “Be strong and courageous and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the Lord is finished.” But what we often overlook is that he then goes on to say, “Every willing person skilled in any craft will help you in all the work.” We are not alone in our pursuit of bringing kingdom purpose to our lives, communities and world. He is turning chaos into purpose and invites us to partake in its undoing. Christianity is not meant to be done alone, so who are we partnered with? Who is there to walk alongside us when the waves seem too high? His rule is eternal. His grace is absolute. His character is holy. Who are we choosing to celebrate that with? 

Hanna Juul-Hansen

Recently changes her last name from Friesen!! Congratulations Hanna! Our treasured Intercultural Ministries Associate