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God is preparing our way

God is preparing our way

Pastor Darryl Miller

Sand Lake/South Ensley UMC’s 

616-636-5659

John 14:22: “My Father’s house has room to spare. If that weren’t the case, would I have told you that I’m going to prepare a place for you?” Common English Bible

The above scripture is often read at funerals. It is a passage of great comfort and grace. We lean on these words in times of great grief and loss. But I have found that these words are not just for those who have lost a loved one or for someone who is nearing the end of their days. These words have been proven over and over in my life and the life of the churches that I serve. I wrote on this passage once before and asked why we should wait for a funeral to make this passage true; shouldn’t we make sure that our places of worship are prepared for any who may come to worship with us? We have examples to learn from by the grace of God.

I am blind and I used to work on and build computers. But that was a long time ago. Because I use technology so much in my daily life, I was able to learn Zoom, Skype and all the new applications that we have been using so much this past several weeks. Our churches have been providing food trucks for local High school students for a few years now so when United Way approached wanting to bring in trucks to help the community, we already had volunteers who were ready to go. God has been preparing our way for years and He will continue to do so. 

Now, this kind of subject is difficult to express without using my own experiences. But my challenge to you is to look for the ways that God has prepared your way in advance. How has He provided a path that, when you first started, you may not have realized how important it would become? One of the biggest mistakes we make is to overlook the grace of God. We may say: “Isn’t is lucky that I took a class in cooking in school even though I didn’t really want to? Now that we have to stay home I can cook lots of things!” or something similar. We can call it luck or we can call it what it is—God preparing our way as He promised in Isaiah 43:19b: “I’m making a way in the desert, paths in the wilderness.”

It is important that we remember that we are not alone. God is with us. And beyond that He has prepared us, even if it doesn’t feel like it, because He and He alone will be our guide through all that comes our way. Check out an online church and when you can, there are many places to hear more about God’s grace.

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