Hello friends, it has been a long time since I had a chance to write. Very busy around our house recently. Here is a quick inspirational item I wanted to share.

“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on: you know that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of—throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were going to be made into a decent little cottage; but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”
—C .S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

I was struck by the truth in my own life of what Lewis wrote. God has plans for our lives of which we may have never even dreamed. And shifting course from our plans to God’s plans may sometimes be wrenchingly painful. But God’s plans always turn out to be so much better than our own.

I can see the age of 70 on the distant horizon (well, not really that distant) and I still seem to be learning that God’s plans are better for me than my own. I am still having to give up control. I certainly hope that I am quicker to let go of my life’s steering wheel now than I was in my 20’s—but sometimes I wonder.

Thank you Lord for being patient with this slow learner. Thank you for showing me, again and again, that your plans are better than my own. Give me courage and insight Lord, to more quickly relinquish control to you. Build me into the House where you wish to live. Amen.

God bless,
Coe