Presidential Blessing: April 2

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Greetings from Smithers! I am privileged to be of service to our brothers and sisters of this beautiful Northern BC country during this weekend. Folks from our churches in the Northern region are coming together to worship God, fellowship with one another, and be trained for action as they align themselves in the spirit of REACH to witness for Jesus.

This spiritual gathering is a fulfillment of many years of dreaming. Wonderful! Pastors Neil Peralta, Wedson Devil, Jerry Logan, together with Kumar Dixit, Charles Aguilar, and myself will participate in this celebration of God’s love.

Please pray for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on all of us, members and pastors as we come together as one in Christ!

This time I did not drive – I flew to this amazing place on Friday morning. That was not different though, as a thought came to my mind during the flight. Somehow, I remembered one of my first experiences as a young Theology student at Brazil College.

A Professor made an interesting remark as he met with us for the first time. He said that we, as a class, were embarking on a journey. He compared our achievements in High School with our expectations as collegiate students.

He said that our “exposure” during secondary education level was like a view of someone seating in a car: direct, guided, but narrow and limited to the confines of the road surrounded by mountains, forests, valleys, rivers, curves, and planned as the destination of the highway.

But on that new level that we were starting, it would be like embarking on an airplane. Our vision would expand and give us the ability to see things from a different, broader, and wider perspective. I could apply that thought as I was flying from Vancouver to Smithers yesterday.

Beautiful as Vancouver is, I was initially limited to see it only from below. As the airplane took off and the flight progressed, I could see the top of the mountains, the sea, bridges, lakes, and finally the amazing glaciers in Northern BC - from above. What a thrill! 

That is also true in our spiritual journey. We have a limited vision and see things at surface level. However, God sees the big picture because He sees them from on high. Because we cannot see the “whole picture” as we go through some experiences in life, we cry and ask God “Why? Why? Why?”

However, God has everything in control and planned out. He does not miss anything - He suffers, takes pity, and cries with us. He knows the future and the end from the beginning and that is why He also rejoices with us – Zep. 3:17. As I look back in my experiences in life, many times I feel embarrassed when I remember situations in which I cried while I could have laughed, if I had God’s big vision. We are His and are “engraved on the palms of His hands!” (Isa. 49:16). God also reminds us through His prophet: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isa. 55: 8-9 NIV.

Today, my prayer for you and me and our families is a simple one: Lord, help us to trust you more, always!

Happy Sabbath.

In His Service,
Wesley Torres, D.Min.