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By LISA SCARBOROUGH
So far spring has brought sun, hail, rain, wind and SNOW! Just a little April fools joke maybe? I do know that Southeast Alaska weather is unpredictable and we just learn to go with it. Making plans even when the weather forecast says it is going to be sunny is something we very seldom can count on to happen. So as Ketchikanites we just go with the weather flow!
Sometimes we have to do that as Christians also. There are many times when we think things should go a certain way in our lives and it doesn’t happen. When life's challenges come along we can either plow through on our own or seek the Lord's help and direction. What I do know for certain is that God has a plan for me and you, a plan that produces fruit in our lives. But those plans only come into play when we are faithful, allowing the Holy Spirit to guide us through our day so that we are continually striving to live righteously.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you.” Jeremiah 29:11-13
This scripture is a promise to the Israelites that he will bring them back together after allowing them to be overrun and disbursed to foreign nations. He knew they would call for help eventually and he promises to respond and, not just respond, but tell them exactly what he will do for them when the time is right and their hearts are turned back to him. But God's word is for all his people and this is just as relevant to us as Christians today as it was to the scattered Israelites many years ago.
As individual Christians, he knows that we are rebellious, selfish and prone to “doing our own thing” on a regular basis. He waits patiently for us to come back to him with a contrite heart and a desire to be restored into his presence. He has promised to always be with us even when we are not seeking him. “For the Lord will not reject his people; he will never forsake his inheritance.” Psalm 94:14
So in the midst of our unpredictable lives we have a steady, holy presence who is always there for us all we have to do is take hold of his promises. When the wind blows and the rains come, look to the Lord for calmness, protection and, most of all, wisdom for daily life.
Lisa Scarborough is executive director of Love In Action, Ketchikan.
Perspectives is a regular column sponsored and written by members of the Ketchikan Ministerial Association.