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Choose your own adventure
Posted: May 7, 2009 in Uncategorized | No Comments |

Growing up, do you remember reading the choose your own adventure books? These books allowed you to decide how you want the book to progress. After reading a chapter, the book will give you two options of what you think should happen. If you choose option A, you will go to a certain page and if you choose B, you would go to a different page. Either way you go, something different would happen to you. I found these to be very enjoyable growing up and that I had a bit of say on what was going to happen.

I was reminded of this while in Orlando for a conference this past week. While in Barnes and Noble, I purchased a new book that caught my eye in the store. I was very intrigued by the summary of the book which in a nutshell was about the incredible grace of God. It was a shorter book, (which is nice) and I didn’t think of opening it to check for any mistakes. When you buy a new book, correct me if I’m wrong but you buy it believing all of the pages that are supposed to be there are there. Not so with this book. When I got back to the hotel and began reading, I realized that the first page of the book was page 57. It then went to page 114 before starting back with page 57 again. I was extremely confused. I honestly thought that this was one of those choose your own adventure books at first. I thought perhaps the author said “you know, everybody starts their books at page 1, I’m going to do things a bit different and start at page 57.”

As it turns out, the book was an error. I fully expected to walk back in to the store and have them tell me that I had found the secret “mistake book” in the store and that I would win a billion dollars. Just in case you are wondering, that did not happen. They did exchange the book for me for one that had correct page numbers and told me they were sorry for the inconvenience. I guess that will have to do:)

I don’t know about you but I like things to be a certain way. I am a fairly organized and am a checklist type of person. I think sometimes we expect God to be the same way. One of my favorite movie lines ever comes from Rudy. Rudy is a kid from Chicago who has a dream to play football for the University of Notre Dame. The only problem is, he isn’t big enough to play football or smart enough to get into Notre Dame. After trying several times to get accepted, Rudy is sitting in a chapel talking to a prist. Rudy tells the priest, “maybe I haven’t prayed enough.” The priest says, “In 35 years of religious studies, I have come up with only two hard concrete facts….there is a God, and I’m not Him.”

Proverbs 16:9 says, “In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.” There is nothing against to do lists, organization and the like. However, we must never fail to forget that our lives are in the palm of a sovereign God who has a specific plan for our lives. And though sometimes our adventure doesn’t turn out the way we think it is going to, He is still on the throne and knows exactly what He is doing with you.

With Expectancy!

Corey
cbaker@famfm.com

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