I recently read a strange study done by scientists with mice. They put the mice in a cup of water to see how long they could tread water. On average, the mice lasted up to fifteen minutes. Before they drowned, the scientists dried them off and let them recover before putting them in the water again. How long would they last treading water the second time? Fifteen minutes? Ten? Five?
With the knowledge that being saved was a possibility, the mice tread water for sixty hours! Sixty! Hours! The lesson we can take from the experiment is that what we HOPE for can dramatically enhance abilities, strength, endurance and perseverance. When we don’t have a vision of hope, we can only last a fraction of what we are capable of with God.
Our little church had a vision of coming out of the pandemic stronger, and here we are gathering around the table with a renovated kitchen and fellowship hall, and worshipping in a simplified, brighter, and cleaner sanctuary. In this time, we’ve also had some new members join and plug right in!
But the vision of hope doesn’t stop there! We are putting together a directory with pictures so as we get new members it’s easier to remember their names, and easier to keep track of contact information for everyone in our growing family.
Also, a team is meeting over the summer to initiate an children’s ministry by the Fall. If you’d like to be involved, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other ideas and inspirations are swirling around, waiting on the Lord’s timing and direction, but I’m so excited that God is so evidently alive in our church body. Everyone can be involved in one way or another, even if it is through intentional prayer or special contribution. Even if it is to keep us in line with our goal always being within the wisdom of Psalm 127: 1 -
“Unless the Lord builds the house,
Those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
The watchman stays awake in vain.”
Let us always put the Lord first in our efforts and desires to serve Him and advance His kingdom! See you at the watering hole. SK
Sean King is the Pastor for First Christian Church of Cisco.