God will lead you where you need to go.
That’s a strong statement, and I believe it wholeheartedly. With the addition of the words “if you let Him.”
I’ve seen it time and again in my own life, and I’m sure many of you can say the same. You – we – may not immediately know where He’s leading us, and sometimes we may not even be aware of the process, but ultimately, if we stay tuned in, His plan will become clear. In my own life, the process has repeatedly caused me to marvel.
Who knew 11 years ago when I started taking notes during the weekly lecture of the Bible Study Fellowship program that I had begun attending that this would eventually lead to my taking notes of my local minister’s sermons in 2016 – and that I am still referring back to them today for use in this column? Well, Someone did.
You see, before I began attending BSF, I used to watch people taking notes during sermons and would think, “Wow, that’s great, but I’m sure I would never go back over them again.” I don’t know why I felt that way – because I’ve heard a wealth of wonderful sermons – but taking notes on the lessons just wasn’t my thing. Oh, I admired the people I saw scribbling into their pads, but I reasoned, “That just isn’t me.”
And the only reason I began taking notes in BSF was that I knew we were going to be asked a question about the lecture during our next discussion. Always wanting to be the A student (so to speak), I reasoned that taking notes would be the safest way to remember what was said so I could give an appropriate answer. It didn’t hurt that the lecturer was a tremendous Bible student and speaker and that I enjoyed re-contemplating her insights.
For some reason, though, I didn’t start taking notes on the Sunday sermons in our local congregation until 2016. Is it mere coincidence that it was 2016 when I began my other column, The Journey, which I described in my pitch to the editor as an article that would focus on “slice of life events/realizations/etc. (sometimes humorous, sometimes not); nostalgia; and observations with a slightly spiritual bent”?
I think not.
Now, in 2022, as I have begun this column Just A-Passing Through, which focuses solely on spiritual matters, I have 11 years of BSF lesson synopses filed away, plus five notebooks crammed with jottings from BSF lectures and four journals jam-packed with notes from my local minister’s sermons. I’ve been comforted in the fact that I can always go back and mine them for nuggets to present in this space, although until this week I had not done so.
Here’s another “coincidence.”
Concerning today’s column, I had originally planned to write about the realization that now, more than ever, we need to share the gospel message relentlessly, we need to reflect the light of Jesus continuously, we need to be the light of the world genuinely, and we need to be the lamp that is put on the lampstand so that people may see its glow unceasingly.
So, just for grins, I revisited the first full set of notes from 2016 from my minister’s sermons. It centered on Numbers 10:29-32 and one of Moses’ interactions with his father-in-law. The main points?
– You can’t get anyone to go with you if you’re not moving and
– You can’t get anyone to go if they’re not invited.
Undoubtedly, these are words that directly apply to my thought for the week. Short and sweet – and I’ll write more about this later – but certainly aimed at the point I was wanting to make.
In my view, God definitely wove a tapestry of events that led to my writing – and your reading – this column today.
Sallie Rose Hollis lives in Ruston and retired from Louisiana Tech as an associate professor of journalism and the assistant director of the News Bureau. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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