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Success of plans dependent on God
Hope everyone had a good Father’s Day. Summer school is over for a couple of weeks then will return for two more weeks. Hopefully, all involved have enjoyed the process.
Hard to believe that next week is the end of June. Time does seem to fly faster the older you get!
My sympathy and prayers go out to all those involved in the Butler County accident, not only the families of those that lost their lives, but all those that were involved. Something like this stays with you for a long time.
All the churches in our area are having regular services now, which is so great. Being able to worship inside is such a pleasure. You just don’t get the fellowship, sitting in your car or viewing on Facebook. I realize that we can worship God wherever we are, but Christian fellowship is a blessing.
I think we all look forward to returning to the “usual” way of life, being able to come and go without so many restrictions. Until we realize that other states and countries are still restricting travel and requiring face masks, we don’t know how fortunate we are.
Ricky and Glenda Cardwell had visitors this past week that illustrated that point. Their daughter and two grandsons from Italy were here where they enjoyed going without masks. In Italy, face masks are still required indoors and outdoors. I’m sure Ricky and Glenda were sad to say goodbye.
This week the scripture I want to share is James 4:13-15, “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit;’ whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.’”
This was not the scripture I started with this week, but after the tragic accident in Butler County this came to mind. These verses are not saying we should not plan, but about how our plans should be made with God’s will in mind. We can’t see the future! God knows! But the important thing is for us to be prepared how we will spend eternity because there may not be another chance.
A couple of my friends have been involved in serious accidents in the last couple of weeks in which they survived. It makes you aware that you are not promised tomorrow. The success of our plans is dependent on God. We only succeed if God allows.
I’m grateful every day that I awake that God has given me another day, but if that’s my last, I’m not worried about where I’ll be in eternity. So, while we don’t know how long we or our loved ones have on earth, we need to thank God for the time we have.
Please continue to be in prayer for the sick in our community and to those that have lost loved ones. There are others in our community that have recently lost a loved one that we need to keep in our prayers. God knows their names and needs. Until next week, take care and be joyful!