While Sheltering in Place

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Guest blog from Pastor-at-Large, Steve Persson, FBC Sycamore

Greetings from Steve to our First Baptist family! I’d like to share a few thoughts with you during this shelter in place experience. This morning I reflected upon Hebrews chapter 11 (NIV) in the recounting of Noah’s faith.

7 By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.

Warned about things not yet seen– I am hearing so many people say, “I have never lived through a time like this,” or “I never could have predicted what we’re going through.” Uncertainty can cause great anxiety if we are not sure that God will enlighten us about anything He wants us to be forewarned.

While taking the kids back to the airport after Christmas a year or so ago we ran into a bit of freezing rain. Realizing that the surfaces freeze on the overpassed first, I warned Mark that we could hit a bit of ice. He took the warning to heart slowed down. Sure enough, we started drifting across the lanes on a long overpass. It was a scary experience, but having been warned helped us prepare and settled hearts.

We should focus our time in the Word, time in prayer, and time connecting with people, being sensitive to needs and opportunities. These are truly unusual times, but we can take confidence in the consistent love and care of the Father in our lives. This morning Pastor Kevin and I had a chance to pray on the phone together for you. You are truly on our hearts and we are confident of great times ahead!

Keeping the faith with you!
Pastor Steve