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Verse 7: “For we walk by faith, not by sight.”

I can think of several analogies that this verse brings to mind, such as the scene from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, when Indy has to make the “leap of faith” across a large chasm to save his father. I think of an old, dear friend of my wife and mine, who, although physically blind, can see better through her walk of faith than you and me. How about the scene from The Empire Strikes Back, when Luke fails to lift his massive X-wing fighter out of the swamp using the Force, sees Yoda do it when he failed, and says to him, “I don’t believe it”…and Yoda replies, “That is why you failed.”

But today, I think this is a good verse to claim when confronted by the world-wide pandemic we’re living in. Experts come on TV daily with predictions and charts over where hotspots will wane or where “the curve flattens out”. Governors talk about when it will be safe to resume certain activities and not others, all hoping to restart their economies without risking a resurgent outbreak of the coronavirus infections. Just like some things in our lives, we can’t see what the future holds with great certainty.

But I know Who holds the future, and it is faith in Jesus Christ to bring us through. We’ll get through this…through Him.

Something to think about.

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Proverbs 21:1-2

verse 1: “The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the LORD; He turn it wherever He wishes.”

This year’s Carpenters mission was extra-special to me. We went back to a town where we first built a sanctuary addition back in 2004. It was also the site of my first Carpenters mission. I grew a lot closer to my father and to my brother on that mission. We went back this year, because the church lost its building to a tornado; we were able, through God’s power, to build another sanctuary, fellowship hall, and extra classroom space for this church. I also got to see my father, not only speak in front of a church body, but to voluntarily give a devotion during mealtime. I never thought I’d ever see my father do that!

God has been changing the heart of my father over these past years. No matter our position in life, God sits on the throne, and it is He who reigns. Have you ever directed the flow of water with your hand, whether it be coming out of a shower or the end of a hose pipe? God does that with our very hearts. I got to see that during this mission, and it is wonderful to behold.

Have a great day in Him!

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