Most of you have probably heard that the Penn Hills YMCA will be closing as of August 31st. This saddens me, and lots of others, very much. I have been involved with the YMCA for 38 years. I started participating in classes when my youngest child went to kindergarten. It was at that time when I was asked to teach aerobics classes, which I did for many years. I taught a hands-on science camp at the Y for many years and still see some of my participants and their parents from time to time. Currently, I participate in group exercise classes, and I use the indoor track and wellness room. Also, I have been a member of the YMCA Board for several years.
I tell you all of this because it’s a time when many people are praying for the YMCA, the families, the staff members losing their jobs, and for the Penn Hills community. There are many seniors who use the Y and it has become not only a place to exercise, but it is their social life. Women and men who have lost spouses go daily to connect with others, drink coffee, and (of course) exercise. People using walkers walk around the track to get some doctor prescribed exercise in a safe environment. Children use the facilities at night for supervised recreation and a safe place to hang out. Many families use the sports and camp programs. I could go on and on… What will they do now?
As is my style, I often try to “fix things,” and I have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to try to make a difference. I have friends there, and I am so unhappy that this affects so many peoples’ lives. But, WAIT, I don’t need to fix it. We don’t need rallies and angry letters. GOD’S GOT IT! But, we’re human and we often forget that.
If you are a true follower of Jesus Christ, then you know that He has it all under control. We need to focus on HIM, and not focus on the PROBLEM. When we get our focus right, then we can ask Him to care for those affected and lead them and their friends to another facility.
So, we need to remember that life has lots of hills and valleys. When we are experiencing a valley, He wants us to step back and remember what we learned during the good times. God wants to use the valleys to help us grow. These verses help us know what to do when we are in a valley:
Philippians 4:19 “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
1 Peter 3:12 “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer…”
Will you please join me in prayer for the individuals, families, and the Penn Hills community who have been affected by this closing? We do know – God’s Got It – we just need to remember it.