In the last several weeks, we’ve heard sermons about the providence of God. This article is too short to even comment on that broad and deep subject. But, I will mention a few things I’ve thought about lately.
In the 1960’s I lived in Bel Air Estates subdivision when it was “outside” Statesboro. Georgia. Highway 80 out there was a two-lane blacktop, and most of the roads in the subdivision were dirt. There was a new house being built down the street from where I lived, so my cousin, Lewis, and I went exploring.
While we were inside the half-built house, a car drove up so we scrambled into the attic and hid. The family building the house was checking out the progress. There was a mother, a father, a son, and a daughter. They didn’t discover us, so, after they left, we climbed down and laughed our way back to my house.
The daughter’s name was Sharon. Our 45th wedding anniversary will be July 20th.
Mrs. Bice, the guidance counselor at Statesboro High, sent a note asking me to come to her office. When there, she asked me what I planned to do after high school. I said I guessed I would stay at home, attend Georgia Southern, and figure out what courses to take.
She told me she thought that would be a mistake, and that I should go to Georgia Tech. I apparently had done well enough on the math part of the SAT that her advice was to take advantage of that. So, I did, and became an engineer, which is now clear to me, and Sharon, that it was my calling for a profession.
When our son Daniel was 4, Sharon and I decided to move from Savannah to either a small town or to the “country.” We found a wonderful renovated 100 year old house in Oliver and signed a contract contingent on selling our house in Savannah. We weren’t able to sell in time, so that fell through. We continued the process and were out exploring one day and I said I’d show her a friend’s place where I had been dove hunting. As we drove down the dirt road, Sharon noticed an empty house. We stopped and sat there looking and talking and my friend happened to drive by and I waved him down. He took us down the road to meet the brother of the house’s owner. We’ve lived in that house in southeastern Bulloch County over thirty years now.
Nearly twenty-five years ago, Daniel’s friend, Garrett, invited us to go to church with them and we accepted. And now, those many years later, I’m sitting here writing an article for that church’s newsletter.
“The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9