Onaway United Methodist
Monday, October 23, 2017
A church with Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

Pastor's Letter

Ok, I am still thinking about the little plant on my desk. It truly is different from the plants at home. And, it is driving me nuts! It is the same plant as those at home!!! Yet, it is reacting very differently and doing it's own thing - regardless of what I do. I want it to be healthy and grow into this amazing plant - big and strong, doing what God has created it to do. However, it stubbornly refuses to cooperate. Or, am I missing the point?
God created man and woman and he created us each uniquely, right down to our skin tone and shape of our toes. We are all different and yet we try to make assumptions, generalities, and predictions as if we are all the same. We are not. In Psalm 139 David declares, "For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes beheld my unformed substance." We are different but we are all fearfully and wonderfully made.
We have a tendency to forget that God made us uniquely - with different spiritual gifts, temperaments, personalities, passions, and oh so many other ways. The cookie cutter approach that we take with others does just that - it cuts. And, the cutting hurts. When we wield the cutter and use it on others it often cuts out the best part of people. When we use it on ourselves we often cut out the best part of us, too. But, when God uses it, the sin that overlays the beauty is stripped away and the fearfully and wonderfully sparkles. I may not always like something about myself or others, but maybe I need to start celebrating the uniqueness and beauty I do see instead of focusing so much on what I have problems with. And, in celebrating love a little more, working a little more, being patient a little more maybe I will be surprised at the miracles God is working in all of us.
Maybe, God is trying to teach me something through my stubborn little plant. Maybe, I should try looking at it as its own plant with a purpose. And, maybe that little plant is doing just what it was created to - it is teaching me some spiritual lessons.
May your JOY be outrageous,

Pastor Carmen Cook