"God has a design..."
(©2005 By Bob Perks -Bob@BobPerks.com)

4-25-2014 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #778

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Greetings my Dearest Sisters and Brothers, and welcome again to Church Within's Story of the Week ["SOW Seeds”].

This week's SOW Seeds Story, contributed by: Bob Perks

Story of the Week
"God has a design..."
(©2005 By Bob Perks -Bob@BobPerks.com)

In a recent message from someone, they happened to mention that a loved one had escaped death by recovering from a terrible disease. He went on to describe the pain and anguish they went through and the long suffering from the ordeal.

How tragic. How sad that anyone would need to face these things in life.

He ended by saying something I've heard a thousand times. Perhaps I have even said something similar.

"God must have a design for her!" he declared. "She is alive today to fulfill it!"

I don't know why but the same old familiar thought suddenly blind sided me like a freight train.

I know it means well to say that. I know it serves a great purpose in suggesting that God had saved her life because He has something great for her to do. Something specific for her that no one else could do.

Look out here comes that train...BAM!

Does that suggest then that all the rest who have lived a somewhat healthy life, with no near death experiences, have no real meaning or purpose in life? Not at all!

I suddenly remembered many conversations with people who felt empty. They felt no great significance in living. They could not find a purpose if it was written on their forehead and standing in a house of mirrors. No grand things happened to deem them worthy. No "almost died but I saw a bright light" moments to validate them.

What about them? What about you?

My friend, God does have a design for you, too! For each of us. For all places we walk, all people we speak with, all days we live happily and all long, lonely nights we may despise. He has singled you out to be you. He has scrambled together all the magical genetic pieces of life itself and designed you to do what you do best. Being you!

It is somehow made obvious for those who suffer long in life. But for you, for the many who want to be important in His plans...YOU ARE ALREADY!

It shouldn't take a near death experience to bring you to that conclusion. But if that is what you need to feel important than realize we are all within a breath away of death every day, every second, so you are indeed having a near death experience right now which should make you stand up this very minute, rising from that much-too-comfortable chair in front of your computer and shout..."God has a design for me, too!"

He does, my friend. He always has and always will. Until that day when he says, "Job well done!"

"God has a design for_____", fill in the blank with your name and now fulfill that purpose from this moment on as a chosen one plucked from near death to serve Him well.

Pastor's Quote of the Week
Sometimes we need to just do the best we can and then trust in an unfolding we can't design or ordain.

(From: Sharon Salzberg )

The Prayer
Dear God,        
        Teach us to see.

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal Parent,

The Creator's Eternal Love to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

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