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Walking like Abraham

You know life is funny. You think you have your life planned out. You think that the path your future will take is so sure. I think back to 2006 when I had just graduated high school. My path was crystal clear. I would find a job for the summer and then start a new part time job in the fall when my college classes would start. I would go to community college for two years before transferring to a large university to finish up my degree to become a meteorologist. Ha thinking about it makes me want to smack myself in the face and laugh at how crazy that sounds now. God had other plans, but like a loving father he was ok with me thinking I could drive the car that is life at three years old.

I applied at a Christian camp call Servants in Faith and Technology. Amazingly a job was created just for me for the summer. I learned a lot about myself over the first few months, mainly how to work hard and learn quickly. At the end of the summer I was allowed to stay working there while I took college courses. Working at Sifat taught me patience, but in my mind my future was still set. I didn’t know that future would start to buckle when I met three volunteers from a family in early 2007. Over the removal of a live snake from a nylon fence I had made friends like I had never had. Frankly I was always I loner by nature, shy and quiet. That began to change as we talked about things I had never ever talked about before. That is when I met the Burrell family. Later on Haley and Erin both began working at Sifat as employees. This is when the friendship between Erin and myself really blossomed. We talked about everything from goofy things that meant nothing to deep spiritual things concerning scripture. I had found a best friend unlike anyone I had ever known. God had placed it on my heart that Erin would have a big role in my life, but I really didn’t know to what extent. I had my goals and my goals took center stage. In June of 2008, Erin wrecked her vehicle yet walked away with bruises. A few days later I heard the complete story and it shook me. Sometimes it takes a big event for God to get his message across. My feelings toward Erin changed when I realized I could have lost my best friend. A few months later we were courting and on December 5th 2009, Erin became my wife.

I say this while everyone is sleeping soundly. In one month Erin and I will be married five years. Which have been the happiest years of my life. We have three kids, Paul, Ellinor and Isaiah. I am not a meteorologist, but I am blessed with a great job working as a Water Operator. I am blessed beyond all imagination and wouldn’t trade where I am in life for anything in this world. I wrote this post to say that God has a plan for each of us. You may be a teenager looking toward your first job or a person looking at retirement. One thing is clear to me, he knows what is best for us. If you could go back in time and tell me where my life would lead when I was sixteen I would have thought your were crazy. God with his infinite wisdom saw what was best for me. I titled with post “Walking like Abraham” because that is how we feel so often. Abraham was called from all he knew to walk to a place he knew not. He relied on God because he trusted him. I wonder, when he laid his head down to sleep did he look back and think “wow”? God blessed him tremendously because he had faith and went where God told him to go as he told him. God did not inform him of every step, yet that is what we expect him to do in our life. Had God showed me the next eight years after I graduated, when I was younger I would have overloaded. Now looking back, the path I walked is so clear and I don’t regret a step following God. In Hebrews it talks about Abraham looking for a city not made with hands that was built by God. While that scripture has many meanings, it also applies to out lives. If we have faith and follow him, we are looking for that city which is our life, laid out and planned by the Omnipotent Creator. We just need to have faith and be ready to trudge through the mire and shadow following his path step by step. He hasn’t failed me yet and by his grace I will continue to “Walk Like Abraham”. What about you?

Andy

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"Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God." Psalms 42:11

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One Response to "Walking like Abraham"

  1. There are vessels of all sorts, yet some are used for the masters use.2 Timothy 2:20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. It is good to see God pour into an honorable vessel and the vessel is open to the one who pours.

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