No Time Is Wasted

Pastor Kevin Rutledge - 7/7/2024 10:00 AM

In our journey of faith, we often struggle with the feeling of wandering or being lost. This message reminds us that these periods of uncertainty are not wasted time, but opportunities for spiritual growth. The story of the Israelites' 40-year journey through the wilderness serves as a powerful metaphor for our own faith walks. What should have been a short trip became an extended period of learning to rely on God's provision and timing. Like the Israelites with their daily manna, we're challenged to trust God's faithfulness in our daily lives, even when we can't see the path ahead clearly. This time of 'wandering' isn't about reaching the destination quickly, but about developing a deeper reliance on God. We're encouraged to see these moments of uncertainty not as setbacks, but as chances to explore, pray, and grow in our trust in God's provision.

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This Week's Reading Plan

Day: Reading:
Monday Proverbs 8:22-31
Tuesday Colossians 3:23
Wednesday 1 Timothy 1:12-20
Thursday Romans 8:12-14
Friday Galatians 6:9
Saturday Matthew 19:26
Sunday John 11:1-37

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Reflections and Caring Conversations

Please use the prompts and prayers below to aid you in your devotions for this week.


    Engaging in acts of creativity, wonder, or play can help open us up to new possibilities within and around us when we don’t know where we are going. This week, take some time out to do something you enjoy. Take a walk. Paint. Listen to a comedian and laugh. Play with your grandkids. The activity does not need to have a purpose or end-goal. Sometimes, just getting outside of our own heads is enough to open us up to something we were closed off to before.