Rafer Owens Jr. • Worship Pastor • rafer@thevinecc.tv

Rafer Owens Jr. • Worship Pastor • rafer@thevinecc.tv

July 8th: I was notified that my job on base was letting me go.

July 22nd: My last day of work.

August 9th: A close family member of mine was notified that the small mass (non tumor) in her breast is cancerous.

August 11th: Received news that Derek is resigning.

August 14th: The church receives the news that Derek is resigning.

August 22nd: One month since my last day of work.

I could tell you that this past month and a half has been the worst. I could tell you that things are and have been looking bleak more and more every day. I could tell you that I hope God sees all of this and does something about it. I could be very distraught about all of this. I could. And none of it would help any of us.

A hopeless attitude and poor outlook hasn’t helped me day to day during this time. They won’t help our church find the pastor we need or help us cope with Derek leaving. A hopeless attitude or poor outlook won’t help my family during this very trying time. But what we CAN do is very simple.

Isaiah 26:3 (ESV) reads, “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is set on You, because he trusts in You.”

It isn’t our job to worry. It isn’t our job to stress. It isn’t our job to find peace in every situation. It is our job to trust and set our minds on God. God will grant the perfect peace. He will show us what we need to do. He will take care of His people. It is our job to simply trust.

In every situation, no matter how big or how small, we have to learn to give God everything. Not because it’s how we feel but because we trust that He can do something about it all. So bring your fears, hurts, pain, joy, praise, worship, and everything else. Give it to Him. Tell Him you trust in Him. And allow your mind to be covered in His perfect peace. And once that perfect peace has set in, He will let us know what to do next. Just trust Him.

Rest in His perfect peace friends

Rafer Jr.