Asbury United Methodist Church
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October 20, 2017

Early this morning around four o’clock I was awakened with David Crowder singing in my head. I really wish he would have waited a wee bit longer but I suspect the Spirit was in him.

Come out of sadness from wherever you’ve been.
Come broken hearted let rescue begin.
Come find your mercy.
Oh sinner, come kneel.

Earth has no sorrow,
That Heaven can’t heal.
Earth has no sorrow,
That Heaven can’t heal.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2zhf2mqEMI

(Come As You Are, David Crowder, 2014)

          Wow! Earth has no sorrow that heaven can’t heal.

          This hymn kind of reminds me of a verse of Scripture from Isaiah:

          “…those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint (Isaiah 40:31 NIV).”

          Yeah buddy…earth has no sorrow that Christ can’t heal! And yes, I know…we are faced with some doozies lots of times.

          What to do? What to do?

          We stay the course and continue our mission to be Christ in action. No matter what our challenge, we continue on the road towards the mastery of this mission.

          Have you ever considered that all worry is a misuse of the incredible power of our imagination? And what if, what if we decided to use our imagination to live from the inside out.

          To put a finer point on things, so often we feel pummeled by the world outside of us and therefore must reel to keep our balance.   What if this is backwards?

          What if we made the decision to live not for external circumstances that continually knock us about and keep us off balance but instead live internally where we are centered in the Holy Spirit and guided by the unlimited imagination of God?

          Yes, this will require practice before we achieve mastery. But, we have some Scripture that will encourage and affirm our journey:

“Jesus said, ‘The kingdom of God does not come with observation.   Nor will they say, ‘Here it is!’ or ‘There it is!’ For remember, the kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:20-21 MEV).’” 

God has imputed incredible power within us to overcome and achieve; and, there’s nothing like a good, old-fashioned disaster to unleash it!  When shoved, we can do far more than we ever realized.

Finally, a quote from the old preacher Eric Butterworth came to mind.   Butterworth said, “We are not in the world to set it right but, to see it rightly.”

To see the world rightly is to understand that God is in control.

So, lay down your burdens.
Lay down your shame.
All who are broken.
Lift up your face.
Oh wanderer, come home.
You’re not too far.
So, lay down your hurt.
Lay down your heart.
Come as you are.   (Crowder)

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