Readings: Psalm 27, Acts 27:1-2, 13-26, John 16:25-33
Halos Can Make You Itch
I had the honor of being an angel for a VBS skit a couple weeks ago. It’s not easy being an angel on earth. Not only can the halo poke at you, but you have to be still and quiet for long periods of time and then pop up with a message from God. Lots of pressure there, let me tell you. Haha. The reading from Acts 27 tells of one of Paul’s shipwrecks. Luke, with Paul, recorded the terror of the hurricane force storm that lasted for days. Paul said, “Last night an angel of the God whose I am and whom I serve stood beside me and said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before Caesar; and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.’ So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me.”
First, let’s consider the angel that had to pop into a ship about to be destroyed. I don’t imagine the angel was thinking of itchy halos or wet wings or violent wind against his face. He had a message from God and his mission was to deliver it. Secondly, let’s think of Paul. The angel tells him he won’t perish this time because he needs to stand trial before Caesar. But don’t be afraid. How? Paul traded his weakness for God’s power during the storm, the shipwreck, and before Caesar. I’m sure he wasn’t thinking about wet clothes or his grumbling stomach. Paul had a message and mission from God to deliver to Caesar and the world. The angel came after many days in the storm and a long time without food. It would have been nice if the angel had given Paul the message before they set sail, right? The God we serve usually doesn’t tell us ahead of time what is going to happen. Where’s the trust in that? (Ouch, that poked me like the halo).
We are studying Psalm 27 this week. Please look at verse 14, “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” Oh, it’s so hard to do that sometimes. And sometimes, there’s quiet abandon and we wait for the Lord in perfect peace and faithful hope. Even if your halo is itchy, remember you have a mission and a message from God to share. It’s not about your halo, the ship, the storm, or even the people around you. It’s about you and God and trust. May He help us be strong, take heart and wait when we have to. In Jesus’ powerful name. ~Tracy