“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together…” Hebrews 10:25
Where were you on that Sunday morning when the lights went out? We went to church. When we arrived, a discussion was in progress on what to do next. Since there were no lights in the Sunday school rooms we all gathered in the sanctuary for worship service. I am sure the same scenario was going on in all of the churches in town.
This was no ordinary worship service. There were no lights, no air conditioning, no electric keyboard, no PowerPoint presentation on the wall, and no sound system. It was really roughing it compared to what we are used to on a normal Sunday morning.
It was a meaningful service because we were totally relying on the Lord. No one seemed to care that we didn’t have electricity because we were reminded of the millions of Christians who meet around the world without what we call the basic comforts that we take for granted. Not only do they lack basic comforts, but many are at risk of losing their lives for standing up for what they believe. Would we be willing to do the same?
In our world today there are approximately 1 billion people who never heard of Jesus Christ. In our advanced world of technology that is hard to believe. It is also hard to believe how poor many of these people are who are worried about where their next meal will come from. The last thing they are thinking of is technology. Sometimes we need to be reminded of who is in charge of this world. I think back to a line in the movie “Rudy.” The priest said, “In this world I am sure of two things, there is a God and I am not him.” Even in the midst of all that is going on in the world, and especially in our own area, we need reminding from time to time.
In our self-reliant world we want total control of our destiny, but that will never happen. Bad things are happening all of the time. This last week I was upset over several people who are seriously ill, friends who lost loved ones and the devastation from all of the wildfires. What can I
do about all of these situations? I can pray.
It is so comforting to be able to go to the Lord in prayer when we have a need. It is also wonderful to know that we can gather as a body of believers when things are going wrong all around us. What about the people who don’t have the Lord to turn to. What do they do in a crisis?
We are so blessed because we have the privilege to gather together as believers and should never take it for granted. Isn’t it time we gathered together to pray not only for loved ones, but also for rain for our land. May we never forget the promise of 2 Chronicles 7:14, that if we humble ourselves and seek God, he will forgive and heal our land.
Debra Whittington is a longtime Tucumcari resident. Contact her at: