The Pieces of Our Lives
Bill LaMorey / March 25, 2020
When I was about 5-years-old my Dad bought me a King Kong model and helped me build it. I then proceeded to have the most riotous time chasing the neighborhood children with it while I yelled “ROAR” at them as they ran away! The fun continued until a bigger kid punched my King Kong, shattering him into hundreds of pieces all over the street. I felt helpless and crestfallen, kind of like how most of us feel right now.
Forgive me for the comparison, because I know your life is far more valuable than a child’s toy, but in a moment–the double punch of the Coronavirus and social distancing has shattered what we had known as normal until weeks ago. Whatever routines, rhythms, plans, hopes, dreams we’ve put together for our lives have suddenly been shattered or at least mixed up and mired in uncertainty.
For me it’s been a weird mix. My life, like everyone else’s, has been upended and our family is trying to navigate through total disruption of norms and it isn’t easy for any of us. As Lead Pastor of Calvary Fellowship, this time has been a bit of a whirlwind as I’ve been working with our staff team and key leaders to figure out how we as a church can continue to operate, serve, inspire, encourage and rally our church and reach our community during this time of crisis. This has left me precious little time for personal processing, but I’m getting there. I know it is important, because I’m not just a pastor; I am a husband, a father, a friend, a son, a neighbor and a child of God. And the best thing I can do for those around me is not just keep so busy that I don’t have time to think about it all, but to intentionally process all of this in the presence and with the guidance of my heavenly Father. And the same is true for you.
When, with tear-filled eyes I brought the fragments of King Kong to my Dad, there was little he could do. However, when we take the time to bring the pieces of our lives to God along with all of our fear, pain, anxiety, anger or whatever else is on our hands, there is so much He can do! God, your Father, loves you so much AND is so powerful. It is very unlikely that He will take those pieces, patch it up as it was before and send you back on your way. More than likely, He will take your pieces and help you figure out which should be rearranged back into your life, which should not be, and He’ll add pieces you never even dreamed of. In addition, He will wipe away your tears, wrap His arms around you, affirm the great love He has for you, His child, and assure you of His presence and protection, while gently reminding you that He has a plan for your life that no virus or other circumstances could ever change.
It is true that things are really hard right now, but this is also true:
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” (Romans 8:28, NLT)
Whenever I share this verse I point out that God didn’t cause all the bad things in our lives to happen, but as we place the pieces of our brokenness in His hands He does cause it all to work for good even if it takes quite some time to see that. Our good, and ultimately the good of many others, will become evident as our lives mirror the plans He has for us, which are bigger than our own. In turn, we’ll walk away as a living example of God’s unfailing love and redemptive power.
As your pastor, I want you to know that I am praying for you, because I know this season is difficult and is perhaps challenging to your faith. I also want to see you not only survive, but thrive during this time. So I encourage you please take the time DAILY to bring God every shattered piece of life as you knew it and put it in His hands as you rest your soul in His presence. He is still at work, He still has a purpose for you, He is still doing a good thing! Turn off Netflix, turn off your phone, your work, whatever you need to turn off for just a little while because your Father is waiting to spend time with you and give you His peace as He helps you sort through your pieces right now.
PS: We need alone time with God, but we also need time together with God to process, discuss and pray! Join one of our newly formed online Home Fellowships because we are better together! I’ve already joined one and I just might run into you there!