As I watched a televised golf tournament, the rough terrain reminded me of my journey through life. From an aerial view, the fairway wound like a green ribbon by sand traps, some dropping sharply off the edge of the fairway. Landing a ball in such bunkers called for wisdom and skill on the part of golfers to get their balls back on track. At times the fairway curved at a dogleg angle; that posed a different kind of challenge.
Isn’t that just like life? We may be swinging along, having a good time, when all of a sudden our ball lands in a bunker. We face a loss, an unexpected illness, a financial setback. We experience pain, heartache, disappointment. Sometimes, like a dogleg angle, our lives curve into unexpected directions, places we do not want to go. Now what?
Those are times we can trust our creative God to act on our behalf. His ways are much different from ours. We may just want happiness for the moment, but he wants to give us joy in him for a lifetime. Our part is to submit to circumstances we cannot change and wait for God to use them for his purposes.
"This poor man called, and the Lord heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles." Psalm 34:6 (NIV) May that be our cry.
Prayer: O God, walk with us today as circumstances stretch our faith. Remind us that you have helped us in the past and we can trust you for the future.
Have a blessed month filled with thankfulness for God's daily blessings.
December 2, 10 a.m. - Friends of the Heart at Christmas Brunch at New Buffalo CMA Church, "Mary: Ordinary or Extraordinary?"