Life Lessons from Pastor Mark 9.17.19
Our very own Sod Poodles are the 2019 Texas League Champs! It was a dream come true, especially during this Inaugural Season. It is also the fruition of many plans, conversations, and support from the city of Amarillo, our leaders, and of course, the hard work of our Soddies. It was a joy to watch them develop, even though they had some hard games, and overcome many difficult challenges that tested them. It is amazing seeing big dreams come true, especially when they start out so small.
In Genesis 22, Abraham went through a hard time of testing. He took his son up a mountain to sacrifice him, just as God had requested. But thankfully at the last minute, God spared Abraham’s son and told Abraham it was just a test to see if God was first in Abraham’s priorities. Then, God shared His big dreams for Abraham’s life, and how “God would bless Abraham and make his descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore” (Genesis 22:17). That big dream that started out so small is fulfilled today as there are billions of Abraham’s descendants, of which we as Christians are a part. It all came about with a big dream from God for Abraham’s life.
Polk Street UMC is 131 years old, starting with humble beginnings in 1888 (the oldest church in Amarillo). During our rich history, there were times of testing with weather events, tragedies, and struggles that were definitely challenges. But God had big dreams for Polk Street despite, or even because of, those tests. Just as the Sod Poodles and Abraham rose to the occasion when tested, Polk Street started out small but continued to seek God during the tests. Today, Polk Street is the fulfillment of God’s big dream for His church.
So what big dreams do we have? They might be small now, but they may come true in a big way. Are we ready? How will we respond when we are tested on the way to fulfilling those dreams? When we go through tough tests, remember that we serve a big God with big dreams for us, our families, and for our church. I pray that we will rest in the promise that God Is Big Enough for our tests, our challenges, and our dreams. Maybe that’s what Paul meant in 1 Corinthians 2:9: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived, what God has prepared for those who love Him.”