I realize the calendar tells me it’s almost August, but I have to ask myself…where did my summer go? I remember making lots of plans for my summer, including setting aside time to ride my motorcycle. But somewhere between the rains, the grandchildren, and all the activities at church, my summer got away from me.
I ran across a joke the other day that seemed to sum up my thoughts on this fleeting summer. It went something like this: “A minister waited in line to have his car filled with gas just before a long holiday weekend. The attendant worked quickly, but there were many cars ahead of him. Finally, the attendant motioned him toward a vacant pump. ‘Reverend,’ said the young man, ‘I’m sorry about the delay. It seems as if everyone waits until the last minute to get ready for a long trip.’ The minister chuckled, ‘I know what you mean. It’s the same in my business’”.
We often have the best intentions. We schedule and plan for the events we really want to do. Vacations, weekends at the lake, special summer events all take priority when we plan our activities. But we sometimes fail to take into consideration unforeseen circumstances. Take last years’ Biker Sunday as an example. Many people helped plan the event, giving of their time and talents to make sure the day would be memorable. But who knew it would rain? We had a great day even though we got wet, but the attendance was much lower than anticipated.
As you look ahead at the events of your life, what have you failed to anticipate? How many of us saw the high gas prices coming, or the downturn in the economy? Who knew that cancer would invade our lives or that loved ones would face difficult times? Who plans for catastrophes and disasters?
God never promised any of us a smooth passage through life. He only promises a smooth landing with hope for all eternity. No matter what life throws at us, God is there, beside us, encouraging us, carrying us if need be. You can plan on his love and guidance through this life and on into the next.
In His Service,
Pastor Gary Ginter
08/01-08/03 127 Garage Sale
Sunday 08/04 Church Breakfast served from 9-9:30 am
Sunday 08/04 Communion served during morning worship
Friday 08/09 Bread & Bowl at 6:00 pm
Sunday 08/18 Puppets during morning worship