The gentle nature of God...
Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, "Go south to the road -- the desert road -- that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza."
~ Acts 8:26
I remember years ago while in college taking a class that was designed to prepare students for initial interviews for perspective employment following graduation. Of course, one of the questions they prepared us to answer was, "Where do you see yourself in five years?"
I think that seemed to be the essential question because for the next decade, any time that I was in an interview, and then as a person who did interviews, this question came up quite frequently.
Now that I look back to that time of my life, I realize that neither then, or present day, would I ever think that I would end up where I am now! At this point in my life, and with the people I encounter each day in my role as a hospice chaplain, there seems to be this illusion that somehow we are all in control of our lives.
I think most of us would like to think that we can decide what we need most in our life, what our next plan will involve, what goals we hope to accomplish, and what others might think of us with the choices we make.
I realize that while I am busy trying to run my own life, I seem to miss God gently moving in my life, often directing me in a different way than my own.
One of the things that I have discovered is the need for solitude, and sometimes the deliberate searching for that gentle presence. God is always present, however, God doesn't use the same means that we do to get one another's attention. God is not pushing or shouting at us. I have to remember that God's voice is small, and soft. It is gentle and easy. It is simply a loving presence.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2019
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Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.