Now there’s a thought that could be either a plea or a challenge. If tomorrow is my birthday and I know that wrapped gift sitting there is for me – it could be a challenge. With the right hint, I could choose from a group of possibilities – all good possibilities.
There are times when “give me a hint” might be connected to some pretty difficult circumstances. Most of us have offered one of those prayers that go something like this; “Lord, give me a clue – please. Give me some direction here, please”.
Right now life is awash in many strange difficulties. It might be a situation connected to all the virus and violence incidents. Is it OK/safe to travel yet? Some folks are faced with very difficult employment settings. How can I feel safe even going to the store? Going to a Doctor’s office has always been pretty simple. The process has become more complicated. It could be any of the many other situations in life which need some sort of plan.
Even when life is not tainted with the extra cautions and problems seen recently, it is often difficult to plan things out. The more complex or distant the objective, the more difficult the planning process becomes and the less certain the outcome.
Naturally, there’s a very good reason for this difficulty with planning. We have zero control over the future. There is nothing about tomorrow – or about sixty minutes from now – which we know with certainty.
There are amazing comfort and confidence in God’s message to us through His servant, Paul. Have a look at Romans, chapter 8.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good,
for those who are called according to his purpose.
All things work together for good. Listen friends, that’s not me saying this. It’s not even Paul saying this. God, Himself looks you square in the eye and says “I’ve got this!” Paul may have even been remembering what Jeremiah wrote by God’s inspiration, six or seven centuries earlier: “For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans for good and not for evil, to give you hope and a future.”
Heavenly Father, in Your perfect love and mercy, keep us each close in mind and spirit so that we only and always turn to You during every season of life. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
-Meet Pastor Rod-
Pastor Rod, a life-long Lutheran, graduated from the University of Minnesota and Concordia Theological Seminary.
As a ‘retired Pastor’, Rod stays busy serving local pulpits, leading worship in Senior resident facilities, and writing for the blog.
Pastor Rod lives in Savannah with his wife Deb along with their four- legged furry children (their doggies of course).
With Deb, Pastor Rod especially loves to travel spending time with children & grandchildren.
But most notably, Pastor Rod looks great in a hat!