Have you ever used the phrase “Don’t rain on my parade?” When you think about it raining during a parade it does seem like a total disaster. Lots of hairspray and makeup are lost by those beautiful queens riding on the back of convertibles. Floats made out of tissue paper or posters turn to complete mush. The band members do whatever they can to protect their instrument from getting soaked. And the candy, all of the glorious candy, just washed away and gone to waste.
I think we all would say 2020 has felt like a big rainy parade. Every twist and turn seems to have disaster written all over it! Spring Break trips were cancelled, weddings were rescheduled or postponed. Easter! We didn’t get to properly celebrate Easter! Then school just became a complete mess for students and parents! Our teachers and administrators became stuck and parents became overwhelmed. So many good traditions for graduating seniors became one disappointment after another. International students can’t go home or if they did go home they can’t get back. The list could go on as all of our everyday routines changed completely. 2020 has been a complete wash out!
Let me ask a question, “Has 2020 been a total wash out?” Our trips got cancelled so we decided to make life fun at home; some even camped out and roasted s’mores. When school got cancelled we were reminded as teachers and parents how absolutely precious a good education is and its necessity to be well maintained. The community got creative and chose inventive ways to show our graduates we recognized the milestone they had now reached. Families, even struggling ones, had time to slow down and look their problems in the eye. Laughter and game nights happened. Creativity showed off again. Church realized it wasn’t about a building, it was about Jesus! So I ask again, “Has 2020 been a total washout?”
When rain hits your parade, do you dance? Do you giggle even though you are soaking wet? Do you jump in a puddle simply because you are already soaking wet so why not? Do you mischievously splash someone a little more? Do you wait around to see the rainbow?
We could have said COVID-19 rained on our VBS parade. Everything we knew VBS to be had to be cancelled. Every grand decoration and singing and laughter and hugs got cancelled. It all got cancelled until we made the rain a part of our parade. Things sure looked different. We had to learn to march to a different drum beat and we were not all glamorous and glitz like we would have been normally. We even had to learn a new route for our parade. Despite our new parade one thing didn’t change, the Grand Marshall. The Grand Marshall is not afraid of change, in fact, sometimes I think He changes it up just to see if everyone is paying attention. No matter what, the Grand Marshall leads the parade through the route that was planned all along.
In VBS this week the kids learned that Jesus’ Power Pulls Us Through. Each day we talked about a different aspect of Jesus’ power in our lives. They learned Jesus’ power will see them through all of the hard times they will face and he will give them hope as they face them. He will give them the boldness they need to walk through those difficult moments of life. They also learned though, that Jesus’ power in us only comes from Jesus so without Him we will not have the strength to power through situations in life. He offers his power to us as a free gift when we accept His love, forgiveness, and grace. He guides us and teaches us how to be good to others so they can see Jesus’ love living in us. All this week we have been able to show these kids a beautiful and powerful picture of God. Wouldn’t you say that is pretty timely?
Your parade probably looks different, and it may not be as pretty as you imagined it to be, but there is still a parade happening. When rain hits, do you laugh or grumble? Even when you are sad things got ruined, do you still look for the rainbow after the rain stops? Have you actually looked to see what the Grand Marshall is doing so you can go on?
Jesus’ Power Helps Us Do Hard Things! ~ Trust Jesus!
“For I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:14
Jesus’ Power Gives Us Hope! ~ Trust Jesus!
“So be strong and courageous, all you who put your hope in the Lord!” Psalm 31:24
Jesus’ Power Helps Us Be Bold! ~ Trust Jesus!
“He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.” Isaiah 40:29
Jesus’ Power Lets Us Live Forever! ~ Trust Jesus!
“The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you.” Romans 8:11
Jesus’ Power Helps Us Be Good Friends! ~ Trust Jesus!
“Love each other in the same way I have loved you.” John 15:12
Thank you to all who danced in the rain while planning and having the Rocky Railway VBS @ Home parade!