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God Will Make a Way                            October 8, 2014

Dear friends,

Last week I was in Atlanta for a wonderful ministry conference.  It brought
together over 10,000 leaders from churches across the country.  The event
included great music, a number of inspiring speakers and lots of resources to
explore for ministry back home.

During the breaks the crowd emptied out into the courtyard area where there was
a live band playing, a number of food vendors, spaces set aside for playing games
and several areas designated for Sabbath rest and relaxation.  It was great.

The only hitch came on Friday morning. It was raining outside.  At the first break
everyone congregated in the hall outside the arena.  At one point I trying to walk
through the corridor and I came to a standstill.  People were streaming in from
every angle.  There was no place to go.

I was starting to get a little frustrated when all of a sudden, out of nowhere, a man
came up beside me and the crowd began to move.  He must have been about 6’ 8’
and 275 pounds.  As he passed me, without even thinking, I fell in right behind him.
Like Moses parting the Red Sea, we move flawlessly through the crowd.

That’s when the thought hit me, “It would be nice to have a friend like this all the
time.”  There have been times in life when I have felt hemmed in on every side.
There have been those moments when I have felt that my progress was blocked
and I couldn't go anywhere.

It is in times like these that the words of Isaiah 41:10 come back to me.  'Do not
fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.  I will
strengthen you, surely I will help you,"  We have a friend who will help us in the
midst of trouble.

The next time you find yourself unable to move, whether it is from fear,
uncertainty or doubt, remember to call on his name.  God will provide a way.  God
is good.   He is able to do far more than we can ask or think.   We just need to
believe.  So look up.   He will be there.

God bless.  See you in church.  
Cal