The Pastor's Peace - March, 2014
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I’m done, done, done, done, I tell you. I am done with this winter. Polar Vortex can go home to the artic where it belongs. Mr. Vortex is no longer welcome here in Ohio. I hate to be inhospitable, but some guests have worn out their welcome and the winter party is over, in my opinion. Mr. Vortex, Snow Fairy, and Jack Frost need to have some decency and leave. I am done with shoveling and salting, I am done with frozen pipes, I am done with melting snow leaking through my roof, and I am done with thinking I never left Boston when I look out my window. Did I mention I was done with winter?

I know I should not complain so much. People at the church have reminded me that winters used to be like this in the past. Things are much worse other places. A friend from Michigan said that while we might be measuring our snow in inches, they have been measuring it in feet. Although it is Michigan, so perhaps inches are too complicated for them. None of these things matter, however; I am done. What other people think is irrelevant. Sometimes we are just done, we hit a breaking point, the straw piles up just past the point of back breaking, etc. It does not matter if others have it worse, or if we have been through worse in the past, sometimes we just reach our limit.
In my experience the first thing to do when this happens is to admit it. Often we try to dismiss or diminish the difficulty; we say it’s not that bad. Again, that might be true but it does not change the fact that we are struggling. By suggesting that the trouble is not so bad, we ignore the truth of the struggle. If we look at the ministry of Jesus, we see that he did not dismiss people’s suffering. He never said you aren’t really that sick or that possessed, or “maybe” you need God. Jesus was upfront in acknowledging the reality of the hurt people had. He acknowledged it, and then often cured it. I feel this is an important lesson for us. When we are struggling with an issue, the first thing to do is to acknowledge the struggle, and acknowledge our current inability to cope with it.

If we can start with that, then we can start to move past that place. We can start to ask for help, we can start to receive help. So if you too are done with something in your life, then you are done! You are right to feel that way. Now that this has been established, what do you want to change to make it better? Pray about it, ask God for it, look for help and receive it. Did I mention that 10 days from when I am writing this, they are forecasting a high of 57 degrees? I am still done, but God is still good.

Peace and Blessings,

Pastor Brian