ROOTED - Thursday, June 13, 2024

Psalm 20:7

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, (some in wild ponies) but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.

 

Reflection (Written by Erin Colbert, Director of Children’s Ministry)

My name is Erin, and I am the Director of Children's Ministry. Some of my favorite people call me Ms. Erin. Today, in the childlike spirit, I'd like to share a story from the popular children's show Bluey. For those who may not be familiar, Bluey is an Australian animated series that follows the adventures of a lovable Blue Heeler puppy named Bluey and her family.

In the episode "The Sign," the Heeler family decides to move away from their home in Australia because Dad, Bandit, got a better-paying job in a new city. Bluey is distraught about the move. At school, Bluey's teacher reads the class a pop-up book called "The Farmer."

The story tells of a Chinese farmer whose horse ran away, leading the neighbors to exclaim, "Such bad luck!" The farmer calmly replied, "We'll see." The next day, the horse returned with two wild ponies. The neighbors congratulated him on his good fortune, but again, he said, "We'll see." When the farmer's son broke his leg trying to train one of the wild ponies, the neighbors said, "What bad luck!" Once more, the farmer responded, "We'll see." Soon after, a gang of rebels came drafting all the young men in the village to fight in a war where many would surely die. But because of the broken leg, the farmer's son was spared. The neighbors congratulated the farmer, saying, "You had a horse that ran away and brought back two wild ponies, one of which broke your son's leg. But because of that, he was spared from the draft. That is good luck!" The farmer replied, "We'll see."

This aligns beautifully with the Serenity Prayer: "God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."

In our journey of faith, we often encounter situations that challenge us, moments where our strength is tested, and our serenity threatened. Just as the farmer and Bluey faced uncertainties with a calm resolve, we too can find strength in the serenity of trusting in God's plan.

It's not about controlling every outcome, but about surrendering to the divine guidance of the One who holds our future. Like the farmer, who, in the face of adversity, remained steadfast, saying "We'll see," let us also embrace each moment with childlike faith, knowing that God is in control.

As we reflect on these truths, let us trust in God's plan and find our strength in serenity and in His promises. Remember, "Some trust in chariots and some in horses, (some in wild ponies) but we trust in the name of the Lord our God" (Psalms 20:7). 

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, we come before You with grateful hearts, acknowledging Your sovereignty and wisdom in all things. We thank You for the lessons we learn from stories like that of the Chinese farmer and the adventures of Bluey, reminding us of the importance of trusting in Your plan.

Grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, the courage to change the things we can, and the wisdom to know the difference. In times of uncertainty and challenge, may we remember that our ultimate happiness is determined not by our circumstances but by our trust in You. Guide us to live obediently in the center of our calling, finding true joy in Your presence.

Lord, we place our faith in You, knowing that You hold our future and work all things for our good. Help us to surrender our fears and anxieties to You, embracing each moment with childlike faith and trusting in Your divine guidance.

We pray this in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Amen.