Life is full of surprises.

The Bible says; we never know what a day will bring.

So true.

Life rewards us with pleasantries and challenges us with problems. Our life is as good as we make it.

I am a man of structure. Goals and plans, define my everyday strategy. I know where I am going and how long it will take to get there.

I am rarely right.

The surprises keep coming. Thank God. The outcomes are much better than I can construct alone. Left to myself, I would never be where I am today.

Surprises always surprise me. COVID-19 is a shocking surprise to everybody. Is COVID-19 a coincidence or a circumstance?

Your guess is as good as mine.

I believe in coincidence, but I also believe God orders our steps.

Typical childhood

I was born in a typical American family. Our family was lower middle class. Mom was a Christian. Dad was heathen. We attended public school, and my mother was a cafeteria cook.

My parents shaped my life around little-league, family chores, church, and hard work. We earned money from working. We bought our own school clothes in high school and our own first car — no handout family. Following high school, my parents offered no help to go to college.

I became a self-learner.

These things shaped my life and the way I live today. I am 63, still working, and raised my kids to work hard and get an education.

There is little that can replace a good work ethic and a determination to win.

Church life

I remember standing in a church pew at 5 years old. The singers on stage were dressed to the nines, — their voices marvel the audience.

I remember saying; I will do that one day. Is it a coincidence that a church-going mother raised me? No.

Is it a coincidence that singers amazed me? No.

Is it a coincidence that I stand on a stage every week? No.

Every Sunday church shaped my life. Meeting Christ and following Christ shapes my life today.

Why go to church?

Pew Research reported that people attend church for four reasons:

  • to become a better person (68%)
  • to introduce faith to their kids (69%)
  • to find personal comfort (66%)
  • to grow closer to God (81%)

Church shapes you to become a better person comforts you, and draws you closer to God. It’s a no-brainer.

Meeting my wife

36 years ago, I woke up in Texas on a mild summer morning. I pulled the t-tops off my Corvette and set out to pay my water bill. While driving to pay the water bill I saw this certain girl driving an ugly car.

Coincidence or more? More. The night I met this girl, I thought she was beautiful. And she was. Our feelings were mutual-I liked her and she liked me.

I quickly paid the water bill and sped off to get her attention. Easy to do when you drive the 1984 Indianapolis 500 addition Corvette.

I ran her down, and we took a ride together, and 18 months later, we married. She is the wife of the little boy who wanted to command a stage. She is now a Pastor’s wife and stands beside me on that stage every week.

Events form your life like pieces to a puzzle. The creator of every puzzle creates every piece. The pieces fit perfectly together to form a unique and beautiful picture or message.

Our lives are no different.

Events and moments weave our life together like a tapestry — even when we do not understand.

“Sometimes only the step I’m on, or the very next one ahead, is illuminated for me. God gives just the amount of light I need for the exact moment I need it. At those times, I walk in surrender to faith, unable to see the future and not fully comprehending the past. And because it is God who has given me what light I have, I know I must reject the fear and doubt that threaten to overtake me. I must determine to be content where I am, and allow God to get me where I need to go. One step at a time, I walk forward, fully trusting that the light God sheds is absolutely sufficient.”

Stormie Omartian (Copyright 1999 by Harvest House Publishers)

Life shaping events

There are defining moments.

Some seasons and moments shape our life forever:

  • Environments
  • Events
  • Knowledge
  • Outcomes
  • Dreams

Everyone has moments that shape our lives. Some good and others not so good.

What is your story?

You have a story. Stories about others amaze us. Your account is just as amazing. What are the details of your defining moments?

Have you worked the pieces to your life puzzle? Have you decided that life is more significant than coincidence and providence?

Maybe there is a big piece of your puzzle missing. The missing piece of the puzzle is the most essential.

Left to myself, my life would be different. I could never imagine a life without my wife, my kids, and my trust in God.

Is God your missing piece?

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5 & 6, (NKJV)

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