God’s Purpose!

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Dear Peace Family,

In bible study the other week, we read in Proverbs 19:21, “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” It brought out a lively conversation! However, I have to confess, almost every word from God brings lively conversation and laughter in this group! This particular scripture made us think about how God uses us in small and large ways to accomplish His purpose…no matter what our plans are!

I have been reading a book called “Miracles” by Eric Metaxas. It was a Christmas gift. One of the chapters is about Joni Eareckson Tada. She was the young lady who fractured her back in a diving accident in 1967, and became an instant quadriplegic. She was just 17 years old.

The question is asked: How can we see God’s purpose in something as tragic as this? The author suggests that while we ponder that larger question, we look at something more. In the moment that Joni’s vertebrae fractured, she was underwater, completely unable to move her arms or legs. She was unable to push herself up from the bottom and would have drowned in a minute or two. But just seconds after she dove in and was paralyzed, a crab bit her sister’s toe. Joni says that if that hadn’t happened, her sister wouldn’t have turned around to tell her to watch out for the biting crabs; and if Joni hadn’t bleached her hair the night before, her sister wouldn’t have seen her under the water. Joni likely would have died.

Isn’t it amazing to think of God using bleached hair and a crab to accomplish His purpose? He knew that Joni would go on to reach thousands of people in her ministry of bringing Christ to those who suffer and struggle with all kinds of disabilities. GOD’S PURPOSE! And, for close to 50 years, still paralyzed, she continues to do His Will.

I would ask you to ponder God’s purposes in your life. I bet that they are pretty close to the same as Joni’s…reaching out to those whose needs have been brought to your attention. That is what God does…He calls us to ministry! And He will often use the strangest ways to do it! What kind of “bite on the toe” has turned your life into a ministry? It could be a person, a lamb, a bumper sticker, a doorknob flyer, a tragedy or a celebration…who knows what the One who died for us will use to turn us around.

Perhaps, the Resurrection!

I ask you this: Would anything less have gotten our attention?


Pastor Gail