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November 11, 2014, 4:00 PM

Drawing Near


Things, at this point, seem just short of a disaster. We all have been there. What started out well has just seemed to have fallen apart. Evidently, people during my hospital stay didn’t pay enough attention while I was in bed and I developed huge blisters on the bottom of my feet. I need to be walking right now. But the blisters could take a couple of weeks to heal. You can see the problem.

There are lots of emotions and feelings I could express at this point. Most of them wouldn’t be helpful though. Change and growth are messy.

It reminds me of an incident in 1993. The United States had just launched the Hubble Telescope into space, only to realize the lens had a major defect, making the most heralded item since walking on the moon a very expensive piece of space junk. It became a very important thing to get to the telescope with the necessary upgrades,

It was so important that NASA, fearing something would go wrong, brought a supervisor who was a former astronaut out of retirement to pilot the shuttle. The crew took off and after some time, they reached the telescope. At this point, he was piloting a spacecraft, a few hundred yards away from the telescope, they were both traveling at over 1000 miles per hour and, he had to gently dock with the telescope; and it was all done on live TV with the whole world watching. No pressure. The mission went like clockwork. He did his job well.

The supervisor and NASA could have come up with many reasons why they couldn’t change things. They didn’t. I remember the event. They made very few excuses. They designed a mission. They thought of everything that could go wrong and prepared. They took action; surrounded themselves with the best experts, selected the right people and the resulting success was a blip in history that few even remember now. They really cared about what they were doing. But even they can't come close to God.

God cares for us so much more than that. Anger, bitterness and fear all push for control when we seek to grow and run into problems, but it is so much better to turn to God than the latter.

Mathew 10:28-32
  And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven…


It is always a good time to draw near.



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