God among us, we gather in the name of your Son to learn love for one another. Keep our feet from evil paths. Turn our minds to your wisdom and our hearts to the grace revealed in your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Then Jesus said to the disciples, "There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was squandering his property... ."
Last Saturday morning, we were out the door by 7:00 and on the way to Lubbock! Nate had a soccer game! An hour-and-a-half later, we were stuck in traffic, watching water run across the highway! And there we sat... thirty minutes... forty-five... No telling how long we would have waited. "Fortunately," the phone rang... twice! First, it was to let us know the game had been canceled! The next was news about Sherice's dad. He'd fallen, Friday night, at a men's retreat and was being airlifted to a hospital in SanAngelo. As soon as we could, we made a u-turn and headed back to Midland. After throwing a few things together and handing off Sunday morning responsibilities, it was another ninety-or-so minutes on the road. Surgery. A day-and-a-half in the ICU. Finally, an upgrade (or is it a downgrade?) to a regular room! He's not home, yet, but things are, definitely, looking better!
But now, as the dust settles and I catch my breath, I'm in the office re-reading the parable of the unjust steward! And only one thing jumps out at me: the unexpectedness of it all! No heads up! No warning! Just a handful of words and "You're fired!" Short! Sweet! To the point! And only one way to go from there... one step at a time! Never knowing if you're doing the right thing; never sure you're headed in the right direction. More instinct, intuition, than anything.
And through it all, a quote keeps coming to mind... "Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans!" I'm thinking, maybe, that's how love happens, as well.
Bob Barndt, pastor