We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

Do You Hear His Call?

Do you believe in coincidence? I once heard the story of a man who will never forget the unique set of circumstances God ordained for his life.

It was late one evening when Thom chose a new route home–and almost immediately regretted his decision. He was startled by muffled screams and the unmistakable sounds of a struggle coming from behind a clump of bushes. Yards away from where he stood, a young woman was being attacked.

Thom knew his limitations–he wasn’t brave or athletic. He felt frightened for his own safety. Should he get involved? Or run to the nearest phone to call the police?

But as the girl’s cries grew weaker, Thom resolved to help her–even at the risk of his own life. He felt strangely transformed as he ran around the bushes to grab the assailant, wrestling him to the ground. Moments later the would-be rapist jumped up and fled.

The victim was crouched behind a tree, sobbing. Thom approached carefully in the darkness, not wanting to scare her any further. He spoke reassuringly, “It’s okay. He’s gone. You’re safe now.” And after a long pause, the girl responded with disbelief and wonder. “Dad, is that you?” From behind the tree stepped Thom’s youngest daughter, Katherine.

Sometimes God will arrange to put us in the right place at the right time. Perhaps that’s how we should understand Romans 8:28–“All things work together for good, to them who love God, to them who are called.” When we follow God’s call, good is sure to follow!

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