We are primed for this year’s theme, former procrastinators! We have laid aside every weight that hinders us. We can better hear and heed the Lord’s prompting. I’m excited and a bit nervous, but I’m full of expectation.
Our theme first came to mind when I pondered a special memory. A wedding in Pennsylvania gave me opportunity to spend time with a lady I admired. “Carrie” and I bundled up for a winter walk at Valley Forge. Months before, her husband had passed away. I knew them to be a dynamic team as believers in Christ and that losing him had to be very painful. I asked her, “How do you cope? What has helped you keep going?” Essentially, my question was how do you build a new life?
She answered that it had been very hard, especially since she didn’t feel she fit in situations where husbands were present. She found it easier to turn down invitations and opportunities, and stay home alone, sad. Then someone told her, “Carrie, you have opportunities to get out, to do things. You need to say ‘Yes.’”
So she forced herself to do that. Though she anticipated feeling out of place, she’d say “yes” and go anyway. In spite of initial discomfort, she gradually blossomed in her new life. She continues now as a vibrant servant of the Lord.
The same day, I read two passages that illustrated saying “no” to the Lord. In Luke 14:16-24 invitees to a wedding feast made excuses not to attend. In Matthew 25:14-30 a servant refused to use the resource his master had given him for the master’s benefit.
Is it uncomfortable or scary to say “yes” to the Lord’s prompting? Often! But – what do I miss when I procrastinate or say “no” to Him?
The Lord had my attention. This year’s theme is “Say ‘Yes’ to God!”
This is how the Lord prompted the theme. Where will it take us? In deeper water there are more undersea wonders. From higher mountains, the view is greater.
Are you willing to say “yes” to God this year?