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Read the Pastor's Weekly Devotional Column

You can always depend on God to show up wherever you. He comes to us in the little things and Pastor Cal reminds you to look for the clues.

                                                            God Will Get You Where You Are Meant To Be

Dear Friends,

 

Years ago, a friend of mine told me that to get ahead in life you have to have a well thought out plan. The old adage, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail,” has been a time-tested reality. So, when my daughter and I set off on our grand adventure in London, we arrived prepared to enjoy as many sites as possible. We bought our London Go Pass, an Oyster card for the underground, made a few reservations for site seeing tours and had bookmarked the city bus maps.

Each morning, Sarah mapped out our route and determined whether we should walk or take public transit. We were much fresher in the morning so we often walked to our destinations. This allowed us to see more historical sites and get a sense of the city. We regularly weaved our way along the Thames River. When we headed inland, we walked past the London Eye, the Parliament and Westminster Abbey up to Trafalgar Square. 

Everything was moving along like clockwork until Sunday morning. We were bound for St. Paul’s Cathedral for worship. We decided to take the bus. We wanted to arrive early so we could walk around the area before going inside. Arriving at the stop, we waited patiently for our two-tiered chariot to arrive. Twenty minutes went by. Then another fifteen passed. According to Sarah’s app, two busses had come and gone. Yet, we hadn’t seen one. 

That’s when frustration set in. To walk to church would take over thirty minutes. At that point we’d be walking in late because we had already wasted three quarters of an hour at the bus stop. Should we wait longer or go? We decided to walk. In a few minutes we realized the reason for the lack of busses. The roads had been shut down to accommodate the 18,000 participants in Landon’s half marathon. Everything suddenly made sense.

How could we have known that? We couldn’t see the bigger picture. We were so focused on our own plans. Yet, there were things happening behind the scenes that delayed our journey. It struck me that this was often true in life. We make plans. We may even pray about it. Sometimes we wait and wonder why things don’t occur in the way that we’ve planned. Like with the marathon, it is often because there are things happening that we are not aware of.

Too often things happen that slow us down or send us down a different path than we had chosen. Yet, I believe that God is always in control. We need to trust him when unexpected detours arise. We do our part but then we have to wait on God. He knows what we need. He knows what’s best. There is a lovely poem by Corrie Ten Boom titled, “The Tapestry.” It speaks to this very thing. It answers the question we often ask when things don’t go according to our plans.

It reads; “My life is but a weaving between my God and me. I cannot choose the colors. He weaveth steadily. Oft’ times He weaveth sorrow; And I in foolish pride. Forget He sees the upper and I the underside. Not ’til the loom is silent and the shuttles cease to fly, will God unroll the canvas and reveal the reason why. The dark threads are as needful in the weaver’s skillful hand as the threads of gold and silver in the pattern He has planned.”

Proverbs 16:9 says, “We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.  When we trust God, he will get us to where we are going. I love the ending to Corrie Ten Boon’s poem because I have found it to be so true. She says, “He knows, He loves, He cares; Nothing this truth can dim. He gives the very best to those who leave the choice to Him.” 

See You In Church.

Pastor Cal

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