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Hide and Seek with God                                    October 29, 2014  

Dear friends,

I was reminded of the book by Dr. Seuss, "Oh the Places You'll Go" as I
wandered through the "Big Apple" last Monday.  I had a day to spend there while
my daughter, Sarah, was beginning her internship at a NYC Veterinary Clinic.  So
I set off on my adventure.

Dr. Seuss writes, “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you
know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...”

It is easy to lose yourself in a 305 square mile area.  There are 800 languages
spoken in this city of 8 1/2 million people.  It is so vast that you can blend in and
become part of the scenery on the streets of Harlem, in the park at Herald Square,
or the boardwalk at Coney Island.

Oh, the things I saw: A man who serenaded the folks on the subway train, a clown
who offered his wisdom and wit outside a coffee shop, and an evangelist on a street
corner holding a sign which proclaimed, "Believe in the Lord Jesus and be saved!"

I saw that sign and the thought occurred to me, "How does God keep track of
everyone in a city like this?" I thought of the homeless people I saw on the
sidewalks and the children too numerous to count playing in the schoolyard.
Does God see them all?

Just then a miracle happened.  I looked up the street, and not ten feet away, was
Acacia Courtney, Miss Connecticut 2014, walking my way.  "O the things you will
see..." What a coincidence!  I chuckled to myself as we hugged and she introduced
me to her friends.

What is the likelihood that you would bump into someone you know, on a random
street corner, far from home in a city a big as New York?  I walked away from that
moment, looked up and smiled at God.  God knew exactly where I was and he
wanted me to know.

God knows exactly where you are too.  So if you have felt a little lost lately, look
around.  God will show himself in a familiar face just to let you know he cares.

God bless!  See you in church.
Cal