Dr. Russell Moore's latest book, Onward, tackles the issues facing the church today in America and how to rightly respond. It is a perfectly timed message and a must-read. Onward is centered on the gospel and saturated in grace and fixed on truth.
Since celebrating Easter, I've thought a lot about the truth that the same power that rose Jesus from the dead lives in me. That resurrection power lives in me. I can claim it and dwell on it and know it, but the truth is I don't always feel it.
Some days are hard. Some nights are dark. Pain abounds and loneliness sweeps in. The mundane quickly makes me lose sight of the holy. Toddler tantrums, migraines, potty training, dirty dishes, laundry, dreams not yet realized, prayers not yet answered, bills, budgets, low bank accounts, student loans, fears, anxieties, loss, exhaustion. The day's duties quickly pile up and the future's uncertainties quickly bring worry.
But it is actually the mundane that is flooded with the holy. Because it is in the everyday routine that God's faithfulness shines through. The grace that saved us is the grace that sustains us. And that sustaining grace testifies to the resurrection power. Whatever greets me in the light of day and whatever comes through the darkness of night, I can face because of that truth. I surely can't do it on my own. I can't face the chaos and the tragedies and the hardships that come in this life in my own strength; I can't trudge through the mundane tasks of each day in my own strength.
Last week left me physically and emotionally exhausted. Constantly on the go, saying goodbyes, and traveling made me want to just curl up in bed. But we wandered back into town Sunday afternoon. And after a few moments of unpacking at home, we gathered our tired and worn out selves and headed out the door to church.
I'll admit, part of me would have much rather stayed home and rested. Part of me wanted to just do some introverting in my own home and not have to talk to anyone. I was spent emotionally and drained physically.
But we went.
And sometimes you just go simply out of sheer obedience.
Sarah loves Jesus and her family and is passionate about addressing the urgent spiritual and physical needs around the world. She is the wife of Spencer and mama of Katherine and Claire, and they live in Nashville, TN. She runs a photography business with her husband and writes in order to offer encouragement and invite others to choose grace, joy, and gratitude in the adventure and the mundane. She loves traveling and reading; she will choose unsweet tea over sweet and bootcut jeans over skinny; and she is all sorts of awkward with small talk but thrives with deep conversations.