Jan 13 2022

Dough in the Snow

Pastor Dave Koppel

But He said to them, “You give them something to eat.” Luke 9:13
 
Last week the East coast suffered a big snowstorm from the Carolinas through New England. Many of you might have seen the news stories about it, not the least of which was a story about a member of Congress stuck in his car outside Washington, D.C., for 27 hours. He said that all he had to get by was a bottle of Dr. Pepper. Others weren’t so lucky.
 
I-95 was shut down. Because the storm started as rain, the highways were not pretreated with a brine mixture that would melt ice and snow. So when the precipitation changed over to snow and things began to freeze, traffic simply stopped. There were a few pile-ups, but most people were just sitting in their cars, waiting for help. It was a mess, to say the least.
 
Out of challenges come opportunities. One couple stuck on the highway for hours noticed a bread truck ahead. They called the bread company’s office and let them know where the bread truck was, and there were hungry people in cars all around. Immediately, the word came down, and the company contacted the driver and was told to distribute the bread to all the hungry people stuck in traffic!
 
And that’s what the driver and the couple did!
 
It reminds me of the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000! I know, this story from the snowstorm wasn’t a miracle, but sometimes an act of kindness is like a miracle. And to be able to feed so many hungry, cold people is pretty terrific.
 
And it is because people decided not to complain and simply sit by and stew about their situation, they saw an opportunity for something good to come out of a challenging situation, and they rose to the occasion. How great is that!
 
Often in life, we are faced with tough situations. We can sit and complain and feel sorry for ourselves, or we can step in and make a difference in somebody else’s life—and in doing so, we may find answers to our own tough situation. Every challenge brings with it an opportunity to do good, make a change, reframe the situation, and find good in it.
 
How wonderful when we see that in others! And even better, when we can do it ourselves.
 
We don’t get to choose our circumstances, but we do get to choose how we respond to them. We can find opportunities in the challenges. We can find ways to help others, and in so doing, better our situation and our mood.
 
Whatever challenging situation in which you may find yourself today, remember that God is with you and that He loves you. Remember that you have the chance to find opportunities in that situation to make a better tomorrow for others and yourself.
 
In His grip,
 
Pastor