One conversation at the church earlier this week involved the capacity of roll-off dumpsters. You know, the large containers used by contractors to hold the materials left over in a demolition project. One person suggested that one size would be adequate, while another was wondering if we could save a few bucks by going with a smaller size container.
The parking lot expansion project has started this week. The first phase is to remove some trees, but before that can happen the "past-its-prime Eagle's Nest shed" that has been home to many an insect and spider for decades now needed to get removed. A word of thanks to Jimmy Bridges and his crew for making quick work of the task. Some of its contents were kept, others are being offered to local churches who could use them, while the rest were placed in the 30-yard capacity container that will be hauled off later this week.
How much can a container hold? The answer depends on its size.
How much can God hold? That answer is given in Scripture. 1 Peter 5:7 says, "Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you." Another translation says cast all your cares, while another says put all your troubles, and still another says give all your worries to God. God is big enough.
Oh, what a promise. Can it be true? Is there a limit to God's capacity to take on our worries, troubles, sins, fears, anxieties, and suffering? There is no limit. The God who spoke a word and created galaxies and constellations a billion miles wide, has more than enough room.
That is a word I need to hear. I need to hear that I can give my grieving to God. Your fears are welcome in Him. God welcomes your doubts and even your anger. He cares about you and about me.
Grace and Peace, Scott
---------------------While the demolition and construction of the new driveway and parking lot in the rear of our church got started this week, we anticipate that we can park there one more Sunday (this May 11). We are making plans for the following Sundays. We will have greeters out front to offer help and volunteers in the porte-cochère (our fancy word for the covered driveway) to valet cars to safe places on the streets. We do not want anyone to stay away from worship because of this week. Please let us know how we can help.