June 1st, 2019

This has been a slow planting season for area farmers. We have had a great deal of rain and that has hindered efforts to get the fields planted. There is a little bit of anxiety about this as it is getting a little late to plant com. However, famers have little choice but to wait for the rains to stop and the ground to dry up enough to plant.

Waiting seems to be one of the more difficult things we do. Very few of us like to wait. We like to get things done and we struggle when we have to wait to see how things are going to work out. Joanie Yoder wrote an article I used on our website recently that told us one thing we can do when are waiting - Praise God! She writes, "Praise doesn't come easy when we're struggling with a problem. But magnifying the Lord while we're in the middle of a muddle is an important aspect of praise. The psalmist David clearly understood and practiced this. He composed Psalm 63 in the wilderness when he was fleeing from those who sought his life."

David wrote, "O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because our love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live - Psalm 63:1-3,5.)"

David was in "the middle of a muddle" as he had to wait until it was God's time for him to be enthroned as king. Waiting was certainly not smooth sailing with Saul constantly trying to hunt him down and do away with him. So, what did David decide to do? Praise God! He knew that even in the midst of his struggles; especially as he was embroiled in trouble, he needed to continue to praise God. He knew that God would at some point vindicate him.

Are you in the "middle of a muddle," or perhaps in the "middle of a puddle," as many are around where we live? Keep looking to God - keep praising God - he will lead us to victory!

Pastor Steve Willis