Breathe fresh, fall air. Delight in the last few colorful leaves before they finally fade and drop to the ground. Feel the sunny 60s before the arrival of the gray and bracing 40s, 30s, 20s . . .
Knock out a few more projects that will make this house our home. Overcome the frustrations produced by my unhandymanliness. Stand back and view finished projects with satisfaction, hoping the imperfections aren’t too visible.
Gather with others who have been delivered from fallen humanness by our Sovereign who is also our Savior. Offer songs of praise and receive a hope- and wisdom-filled message from His Word.
Welcome my beloved when she returns from her weekend of ministry and fun. Clean up the kitchen before she gets back.
What do you do when you’re 53 years old and not sure how to spend the rest of your life? That was my status at the beginning of 2016.
Last week, I heard Dr. Vernon Rosenau speak. As he encouraged college students to fully yield their future to God’s leading and plan, he illustrated his point using a blank piece of paper with his signature at the bottom. We naturally make our own plans, then ask God to sign His approval of what we’ve already determined to do. Yielding our lives to Him means we sign the bottom of the blank page, hand it to Him, and then He fills in His plan.
As I heard the illustration I realized that is what I did last March. Although I enjoyed a secure and rewarding local church pastorate, I knew God was leading me out of that role. But I had no idea what would be next. The night before I made my decision public I told my wife, “I feel like I’m about to jump off of a cliff.”
By God’s grace and in response to His work in my life, I reached a place of being fully yielded to Him. It was as if I were signing a blank piece of paper and handing it to God to fill in.
Now it’s one thing to do that when you’re a college student about to embark on your life’s journey. It’s a little different when you’re already pretty far down that road. I had fears, and yet I trusted my Heavenly Father.
I had no idea of the opportunity about to open up to me. Soon after my decision, I was offered the teaching position I am in now. I am using everything I have learned in 26 years of pastoring to equip men and women to serve in ministry around the world.
I handed God the blank page. He filled it in with His perfect plan. I’m now on the next stage of the journey, the grand adventure of living a life yielded to Him. The blank page is a great way to plan the rest of your life.