New Journey Fellowship
|Posted on March 14, 2021 at 11:30 AM|
With this past year of Covid, we have all been reminded of the reality that life is filled with interruptions. We make our best plans; we try to take all things into consideration and then the unexpected happens. Life throws us a curve. Out of the blue we get hit by something that no one was expecting. What we do and how we respond to these unexpected occurrences is what makes all the difference in not only the outcome, but also in who we become. It has been said that today we are becoming the person that we will be in the future. This week, as we celebrate St. Patrick's Day, we are reminded of just that.
As I remember the story, Patrick, as a child, had known the life of privilege. His father held a respectable position in the church and community, but he, like many young people, lacked direction in his life. One day, around the age of 16, he was captured by an Irish raiding party and taken to Ireland to be a slave. It was there, while serving as a shepherd that he came to know God. Yes, from a human perspective he had lost everything, but it was only through this great loss that he came to know the True and Living God. He would later escape back to England, but once free, he chose to use the opportunity to study the Word of God so he could return to Ireland as a missionary where he was used by God to convert a nation to Christianity, the very thing that he is remembered for today.
So often, we find ourselves distressed and frustrated by life's disruptions. We may even become angry that these interruptions are interfering with our plans. (I can't even imagine the feelings of distress that Patrick must have had after being kidnaped and forced into salary.) Yet, very often it is those interruptions that God uses to reorder and perhaps even redirect our lives.
We are often reminded of Romans 8:28 and God's promise that "all things work together for good" but sometimes we overlook, or perhaps even ignore the part where it says "according to his purpose". We forget 1 Corinthians 10:31 which says "Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God." We forget 1 Corinthians 6:20 which says "For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's." Yes, sometimes we forget that God has the right to overturn our plans, that He is God and we are not.
When we face interruptions we must learn that it may be God's way of redirecting us, we must learn to look for, and wait and see what His new directions might be. Remember, His plans may not be the same as our plans and if they are not, they will be a whole lot better.
- Pastor Tim
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