Howdy, Patterson neighbors! As I write this article, I am some two-thousand miles from you all. We are back in the St. Louis, Missouri area so I can help with a funeral for a family who was a part of our church in Illinois from 1990 to 1996. The deceased was my immediate boss and the owner of Gully Transportation, a medium-size trucking company in Quincy, Illinois.
No, this column will not deal with death this time. As I reviewed my writing for this year, those have been the themes thrust upon this scribe due to the death of Officer Singh from Newman and my own mother in February. It has been a tough year in the light of such events.
While flying into St. Louis on Monday, June 3, we flew over the Missouri, Mississippi and Illinois rivers. The flooding in these watersheds is historic and incredible. I was able to click a few pictures with my phone camera from the plane which leave you without words. So many farms, homes and businesses are under water.
Once again, this aging preacher is reminded how helpless we are as humans. There was epic snow in the mountains west of us in Patterson. Now there are epic rains and the flooding which comes with them. And what can you and I really do about the weather? NOTHING!
Neighbors, God is in control of these things. Our politicians will tell you about climate change and our human affect on it. Please do not fall for it. The God of Jesus Christ is in control, period. Now, we should not abuse the environment by polluting it, so do not mistake my words here. Just know the Heavenly Father calls such shots.
There is a Bible verse which comes to my mind – Isaiah 55:8-9. God’s ways and thoughts are so far above mine and yours. In our panic, pain and even arrogance, we think we can question God. Job questioned the Almighty God over and over again. God then asked Job some questions which left Job speechless (Job 38-40).
Ken Hasekamp has no answers for flooding or drought, life or death, the establishment of the laws of physics, gravity or myriads of other amazing and powerful forces in the universe and on this tiny speck of dust and water. BUT I do my best to follow the God who knows all of this.
God does not mind our questions. Just know if the loving Heavenly Father explained the answers, so often we would not understand them anyway. Just know this God loves you and me so much He sent His one and only Son Jesus to fix our greatest problem, sin (John 3:16-18).
There you go with that “Jesus” stuff again, preacher. Yes, because in the end, and our end is coming, the ONLY thing which matters will be who Jesus has been to us personally.
If you need some help with some of this, let’s get together. Always here, neighbor. Enjoy the day!
The Rev. Ken Hasekamp is pastor of Adventure Christian Church. Sermon Notes is a column by local religious leaders.