One by one

“Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21

Vacation Bible School for us this week.
Nearly 1400 kids at our church campus, that’s a lot of snacks. Pretzels and marshmallows for today, the children made constellations to go with the ‘outer-space’ theme.

Whew! Was it ever hot and humid out there under that porte-cochere, but even so what a quick three hours spent on the snack team.
We were all veterans from the renowned 2017 Snack Team who conquered unraveling Twizzlers strand by strand to make fishing lines for pretzel rod fishing poles to hook Swedish Fish. Do you have any idea how difficult it is to quickly unravel Twizzlers in heat and humidity? Prayer and persistence helped us to prevail for those kiddie-boos, last year. Or maybe it was just the Lord’s purpose at work.

Hello? You mean the Lord actually cares about VBS snacks?

Yep, the Lord cares about everything.

Not a hair is lost upon our heads that has not been counted.(Matthew 10:30) Not a sparrow falls, that the Lord is not aware. (Matthew 10:29) Just check out the night sky with all those constellations floating overhead. God brings the stars forth,…one by one,…and calls them by name (Isaiah 40:26),…and yet all those stars out number the grains of sand upon the earth.

Perhaps because we are so small, we forget how big our God really is, and how loving: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” (John 3: 16-17)

One and only son, that’s love at an unprecedented scale, and it’s mind boggling how to communicate that depth of love to children,…and others.

Maybe it’s done one marshmallow at a time? Or Twizzlers, like last year. Our team certainly bonded over those maddening things in a way – no team leader could have possibly devised if they plotted for a million years!

Certainly I doubt any of the snack team members will EVER forget those 2017 Twizzlers. Hello, we had over 700 kids on our rotation to feed in just three hours. That takes some mighty quick untangling. I also doubt those kids from the 2017 VBS will remember those fishing poles and Swedish fish, but what those kids will remember is how loved they felt, how accepted, and how welcomed.

Oh yes, we can plot and plan all day long, thinking up grand schemes in our hearts, but no matter what in the end, it’s always the Lord’s purpose that prevails.

That’s a good thing!

Tomorrow the snack team faces the Great Battle of Icing and Sprinkles. More bonding? With the humidity level predicted, no doubt. But nevertheless, it’s a great chance to show love to those kids spilling colored sprinkles from one end of that porte-cochere to the other.

You see, those teeny-tiny sprinkles are like stars – countless to us, but not one sprinkle will go astray, but that the Lord doesn’t know. And that’s pretty comforting. If the Lord can effortlessly keep up with VBS snacks,…well,…then how much more is the rest of our life, and all of its challenges worth?  We might worry, and plot and plan, but in the end,…the Lord’s purpose will always prevail.


Until I post again,…may God bless and keep you!


Life’s Like A Gumball Machine


Can you see where this post title is going?

Gumball machines aren’t as numerous as in the olden days,…hem, hem, last century when you couldn’t turn a corner without running into one of these brightly painted machines. Dating myself here, but when I was very little, I could remember penny machines, and then inflation took them to a nickel,…dime,…and now it’s generally a quarter,…if not more for a treat.

Plunk in your coin,…twist the handle with hopes for your favorite color, as they all taste the same, and wait with anticipation as the the machine rattles,…open the nickel door,…and voila,..your gumball is delivered.

Is that all?

Yep, but it’s the entire experience that you are paying for. The excitement of never knowing what you’re going to get. 

Yeah, I know the post title was kinda self-explanatory.

Life’s Like A Gumball Machine. You put in your coin, but you have no idea what you’re going to get.

Now you have to decide which is going to rule your life. Insecurity or excitement? Can we truly be content with whatever comes out of that machine? What if you get blue, but you wanted red? What if your gumball is cracked, or incomplete? What if the flavors are changed? This last is completely hypothetical query. Gumballs have tasted the same for millennia, but it’s a remote possibility.

Can we be content in any circumstance?

“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.  I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:11-13

Can’t predict life anymore than we can predict what color is coming out of a gumball machine, but we can be confident in the knowledge that although, “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it’s the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” – Proverbs 19:21

‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight,” Proverbs 3:5-6 Or in other words,…plunk in your coin with full confidence,…whatever life gives you,…will be for the ultimate best!