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    I recently experienced a life threatening health crisis in which I was given a 50/50 chance of survival . (This I did not learn of until about two days later.)

   We were visiting family in Nebraska. I had two days of normal activities enjoying my son, his wife, and our grandchildren. I went to bed feeling fine. Sometime during the night I awoke with a sick feeling. Thinking it was just the flu, I hesitated to seek medical help for two days. After six days in the hospital, I was discharged and am continuing to recuperate slowly.

  None of this was in our plans. Our plans were to have an enjoyable few days on the farm walking over the fields and pastures, enjoying beautiful Spring days.

  This has been a sobering experience. It was a reminder of three things I already knew:

         ●The folly of making plans

         ● Life is brief and can come to end at any moment

         ● The importance of being prepared to meet God

   James, in the book that bears his name, tells of people making plans to visit a city, to buy and sell and get gain. James follows that with the question, “What is your life?” He then gives the answer that life is a vapor or mist: “It is a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” (James 4:14). James then advises that when we lay out plans we should follow them with these choice words “if it be the Lord’s will” (v.15).

   My plans for our vacation were not the Lord’s will. Your plans also may not be the Lord’s will. So, let’s live our lives fully aware that God is in control. If we make plans, realize they are tentative. We may carry them out. We may not carry them out. Either way be content to allow God to have total control over your life. That’s living in the hand of God, which is a wonderful place to be.

   Always be prepared to meet God at any given moment.  If you are reading this and are not ready to meet God, please do not postpone it any longer. “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38).



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