One of my favorite movies is Apollo 13. It is an amazing story of teamwork and overcoming adversity. One of my favorite scenes is when the crew of Apollo 13 is beginning the descent to earth. There is much concern about if the crew can even survive re-entry. Two NASA officials are discussing all the things that could go wrong and how this could be the worst disaster NASA has ever experienced. In that moment, the Director of Flight Operations, Gene Krantz, (played by Ed Harris) speaks up: “With all due respect sir, I believe this is going to be our finest hour.”
There is a great deal of anxiety surrounding the future of the church we love. We’ve heard the various scenarios and the speculation of if this happens or if that happens. We are concerned. More than that, we are afraid.
But there is another way to view all of this; I was recently reminded of this by the words of Rev. Beth Ann Cook of the Indiana Annual Conference:
“…as understandable as our speculation and venting is, it isn’t helpful.
It is not healthy for us or our churches for us to freak out every time a scrap of news (or rumor) is released.
In Matthew 6:27 Jesus said, “Can all of your worries add a single moment to your life?” (NLT)
We have a choice to make. Will we trust the teaching of our Lord and seek to live, as much as possible, in peace? Or will we exhaust ourselves with anxiety? Will we get caught up in moment-by-moment speculation on social media or stay focused for the long run?
Jesus went on to say, “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” (Matthew. 6:33-34 NLT)
Right now, we must take a deep breath, give ourselves to prayer, and patiently put one foot in front of the other.
God has got this. Jesus is on the Throne. Romans 8:28 still applies.”
Perhaps we are putting too much emphasis on what could possibly go wrong. Maybe, just maybe, the Risen Christ is very present among us and our foundation is sure.
In these uncertain times, let’s be certain of the Resurrection and the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Let’s be certain of the faithfulness of the One who has delivered us out of darkness and into the light. Let’s remember that our foundation is strong and sure.
The calling to be the Light of Christ to the world continues. May we shine brightly.
This could be our finest hour.
Rev. Dr. Bob Cooper,
President, Virginia Wesleyan Covenant Association