39In the morning they did not recognize the land, but they noticed a bay with a beach, on which they planned to run the ship ashore, if they could. 40So they cast off the anchors and left them in the sea. At the same time they loosened the ropes that tied the steering-oars; then hoisting the foresail to the wind, they made for the beach. 41But striking a reef, they ran the ship aground; the bow stuck and remained immovable, but the stern was being broken up by the force of the waves. 42The soldiers’ plan was to kill the prisoners, so that none might swim away and escape; 43but the centurion, wishing to save Paul, kept them from carrying out their plan. He ordered those who could swim to jump overboard first and make for the land, 44and the rest to follow, some on planks and others on pieces of the ship. And so it was that all were brought safely to land. (Acts 27:39-44, NRSV)
They meant to run the boat ashore but hit a reef. We make plans but things don’t always work the way we think they will.
Have you ever planned on something and then it not happen?
Have you ever worked to make something happen and just as you are getting close a freak thing happens and everything is ruined?
We think that things have to go the way we see them in our minds.
My call to come to College Station was anything but the way I had envisioned it, with changes and setbacks and interesting things happening all the way. But God’s hand was in it and it happened in God’s time.
God’s time and God’s way.
Not my time or my way, and for that I am grateful.
How might we look for God’s time and God’s way?