Inevitably, things happen in our lives, things that we don’t understand, and we don’t understand why they worked out the way that they did. There are people in the Prairie Grove church, family members and friends, that are encountering difficult times, and some really challenges with life — that are trying at best, and can be much worse.
I wish I could explain why I have been so blessed, and so very fortunate in my life. That tragedy and disease have not affected me, and my family, as it has other people and families that we know and love. I thank God every day, for his goodness and blessings, and entreat Him for those that face the situations that I have not.
In 1973, I was preach for a small church in rural Lawrence County, Alabama. I don’t remember if I was living in Florence, or Rogersville at the time — but it was a 25-30 mile drive from either place. One night after services, several of us went to the house of one of the members for a time of fellowship. When it was time to go, the pointed me to a back road that would get me home quicker. It was dark, dreary, and rainy night; and I was driving a road that I had never driven before. Somehow, I missed seeing the sign for the railroad crossing, and I went over the little rise for the tracks way too fast. The result was that I ended up running a stop sign, and ended up in a cotton field on the other side of the road. When I got out of the car, walked around to the back, and sat down on the bumper of my little red Volkswagen beetle — I just sat there and trembled! That stop sign that I ran, was for the intersection of that country road and Highway 72. Highway 72 is a four land highway that is the main connection between the Shoals are and Decatur. As I sat there and watched numerous semi’s going both ways, I thanked God that, somehow, I had made it across the highway without being hit. You can call it luck, providence, or what you want; but, in my mind, it will always be that God looked out for, and protected me that night.
I cry out to God Most High,
to God, who fulfills his purpose for me.
He send from heaven and saved me,
rebuking those who hotly pursue me;
God sends his love and his faithfulness. (Psalm 57:2-3, NIV)
Theologically speaking, I don’t believe that God has a detailed plan of every event that is scheduled for my life. I believe that I make choices that can change the direction of my life, and that God allows me to choose the path (even if it is the wrong one). But I do believe that there are times that God intervenes in the affairs of the world — and I don’t know why He chooses the ones that He does.
The passage in Psalms, reminded me of a responsibility that is given to those that God intervenes on their behalf. As an acknowledgment of what God has done, my life out to be more devoted to the “purpose” that God has for all lives. God’s plan for all lives, is that they live in relationship with Him; loving, serving, sharing. Pray that I will recognize how blessed that I am, and that I will fulfill His “purpose” for my life. Peace.