Pastor Andrew Hinderlie
Pastor Andy’s Pondering May 2022
Isaiah 43:19 “Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
This verse came to mind as I sat meditating on what to say for this May Pondering. And then I thought about the visioning committee that has been meeting to help Trinity look at where we have been, where we are and where God may be leading us into the future. The words of Isaiah have particular meaning for our times for is declaring what God is doing not just here at Trinity but in the world and not just once but on going when we are willing to perceive it. We recently had Jesus speaking of “living water” and we need to understand. It also is pertinent for our area as we look to the water needed for our community to keep us safe from fires and provide for the farmers.
Isaiah also reminds me that when we have a baptism it is with water but it also with the word and through this we are made baptized children of God who does a new thing with us that springs forth through our lives. As my Professor Gracia Grindal taught us that Baptism doesn’t happen because of our doing but because of the gift of the Holy Spirit and in God’s time. In our lives God can make a way in the wildernesses and deserts of our lives by giving us God’s Word and when we let go of our ideas that we are in charge and let God be God, new things can happen, springs can burst out with living water that will refresh, nourish and enliven us for the work into which God is calling us. Can you perceive it?
My mother taught me to be open to the Spirit, not to worry if the waters are troubled and in all things to pray for God’s guidance. Let us join in prayer this month for God to do new things in the life of God’s church and in our lives so that we can perceive it. When the Adult forum starts up please plan to attend and participate with what the Visioning Committee has to share from what we shared with them earlier.