I moved to Texas seven years ago; I know this because my driver’s license expires in about a week. (I’ve renewed it, and have a lovely paper copy I really hope I don’t accidentally toss while looking for receipts.) When I relocated my life in 2007 and took a chance on Texas, Brite Divinity School, and ministry, I thought, “Surely, there’s no way I’ll be here in seven years to renew this.” And the Lord did speak, and lo, God responded, saying, “You never know. And don’t call me Shirley.”
I am always willing and wanting to talk about God’s plan and God’s work in this world, because I feel it is far more subtle and far more involved than we may be willing to give God credit for. God certainly has a plan, an agenda, a love of this world which is best known in justice, peace, enoughness and love—and this agenda gains momentum and presence when we do justice, make peace, seek enoughness, and share love. God’s work in this world is redemption, reconciliation and resurrection, and it is best known and most clearly seen when we redeem and are redeemed, reconcile and are reconciled, and proclaim the resurrections we see daily in what we do, say and are.
This Sunday, we’re wrapping up looking at what happened Before the Exodus in the Book of Exodus; chapter five is an interlude between Moses’ call and Moses’ confrontation. Things get substantially worse for the Hebrews even as they are being liberated and redeemed. The breaking point where change is possible—where we work in peace, love and justice to reconcile, redeem and resurrect—sometimes makes God’s work and plan seem vague, non-existent or unfair. But our God is about grace. Our God is a God of hope.
If you’re traveling this weekend, travel safely. Maybe I’ll see you at the airport when I pick up my mom. In any case, I look forward to seeing you soon, if not Sunday.