The last two weeks of my life  have been extremely intense. An already packed schedule became almost gridlock between some pastoral emergencies, a pesky computer virus, and time correcting mistakes you made because you were overly busy. There has been incredible reward, as well–helping an older couple navigate a frightening medical emergency; coaching time with two men – one still in high school, one in his forties, who are responding to God’s call to ministry; listening to a dear friend as he sorted out his future priorities; preaching a sermon that prompted someone to step out in faith; teaching a workshop on traditional churches learning to truly communicate with unchurched neighbors; assisting my neighbors in a budget discussion at a meeting for our school district; sharing lunch with my sister and father on the occasion of his 81st birthday.

I am simply reminded of God’s promise in Jeremiah 29:11.   “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

And there are the words of what is my life verse in Romans 8:28: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

The over-scheduling and accompanying gridlock that produced weeks far too long are items I, like others, need to correct.  But thankfully, God is more than capable of working through our frailties.


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