Josh did an awesome job tonight, presenting the story of Nehemiah, all while bringing the point home for Easter! Josh started out with a story about, um… detail oriented people. A friend of ours was going on a skiing trip to the Rockies, and he makes a printed schedule, with all of the restroom and meal stops along the way. The problem is, when he goes to pick up/caravan with the rest of the troop at 4 am, yup you guessed it, they are not even awake. He was definitely NOT in control. The way we normally see it, is when things are going well we seem to be pleased with ourselves and feel like we are in control. When things are not going well, we tend to ask Where is God?
Josh goes on to recap Nehemiah… He is a business man, who is grabbed by the heart of God, and goes on to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem in 52 days. Then moves people into the city to start the church. Things are going well… they then take 7 days to camp out and celebrate the feast of booths or tabernacles. This holds huge importance because, at this point, Nehemiah could be feeling like he is in control. The cool thing about this feast is that it does 2 things
-Reminds us that God is over all things and provides all things
-Reminds us that God is always with us.
When the people built their booths, they made them with thatched roofs so that they could see the sun and be hit by the rain, in this they would be reminded that God is in control in the good and bad times. I hope that this whet your appetite and you want to hear more from Josh about what to do when your life feels out of control. Click here for more.