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Date: Fri, 20 Nov 2009 08:43:27 -0200
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COLUMN: HEAVENLY CONNECTIONS

Around The Next Curve
 by Tim Hall

The quickest route to my hometown involves crossing
Black Mountain. The summit of Black Mountain is
Kentucky's highest point, and to cover the 17 miles
from its base in Virginia to the other side requires
about 45 minutes.

The road is at times steep, and there are plenty of
curves to be negotiated.

Rounding any curve requires a bit of faith, though we
rarely think about that fact.

How do we know what we'll find when we reach the other
side? Will a coal truck be hogging my lane? Has a tree
fallen across the road? If my speed is too great, will
I have time to make adjustments before a terrible
accident occurs?

Life can be like rounding a curve. We assume that we'll
be able to handle the bend in the road, but will we?
What is waiting on the other side? Will a serious
health issue stop us in our tracks?

Accidents are unforeseen, but they happen regularly.
Before I assume my travel through the day ahead will be
uneventful, I should do a reality check.

James taught us how we should view life. Think about
these words in James 4:14,15:

   "Whereas you do not know what will happen
   tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even
   a vapor that appears for a little time and
   then vanishes away. Instead you ought to
   say, 'If the Lord wills, we shall live and
   do this or that.'"

Two truths stand out in that passage: (1) Life is
unpredictable. We don't often acknowledge that fact.
Instead, we make plans for tomorrow without questioning
that tomorrow will come.

So far tomorrow has always come for each person reading
this article. But one day today will be our last day,
and there will be no tomorrow. Translation: We're
mortal, and we can’t predict what lies around that next
curve.

(2) Our lives should be grounded in God's will. As
James put it, "If the Lord wills" should be our daily
motto.

We woke up this morning because it was in God's will.
Tomorrow we will carry out our plans if it is in God's
will for us to still be alive on this earth. This does
not mean that God causes all things to happen. We do
learn from it, though, that we should keep our lives
centered in God's will, not in our own.

Since I can't be sure I'll make it through the curve
ahead, wouldn’t it be wise to prepare for any
possibility?

"For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we
die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we
are the Lord's" (Romans 14:8).

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