When we’re in over our heads…

Pastor Will Healy

Will Healy

I was noticing that next Wednesday (in addition to being our own Karen Nelson’s birthday) marks the birthday of Pope John Paul I, born on October 17, 1912.  Known for his humility, John Paul was said to “blush to the roots of his hair” when his predecessor removed his stole and placed it on John Paul’s shoulders pronouncing him Pope of the Roman Catholic Church.  In fact, his choice for a personal motto was the Latin word for humility: Humilitas, an act that did not endear him to the powers that be in the church who were looking for a more regal presence from their leader.  John Paul’s reign was among the shortest in papal history—just 33 days due to an untimely death.  In that short time, however, he managed to impress people with his personal warmth and ready smile, speaking in words common folk could understand and relate to.  My favorite line attributed to John Paul, however, is when he said, “If someone had told me I would be Pope one day, I would have studied harder!”  My sentiments exactly…

I don’t know what situation you may have found yourself in lately where you’ve wondered if you’re up to the task.  Maybe it’s been in your role as a parent or spouse, perhaps as a student or in answering to some calling God has made in your life.  Jesus never promised that we would never feel overwhelmed in our lives.  Rather, his promise is his presence—that he will never leave us alone or forsake us.  It’s the very last thing the gospel records Jesus saying to his followers: And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age (Matthew 28:20).  And of all the things we may need in life, I can’t think of a better promise that that, can you?

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