By Pastor Andy Plank
February 16, 2020
The other day, I went to a doctor’s appointment in Nashville. On the way there, I was reminded why I don’t miss working in Nashville. Can you say traffic? Lots of it. On the way back, I was reminded of a second reason why I don’t miss working in Nashville…Traffic accidents and broken-down vehicles. This one was right at my exit ramp. It seems that a semi-truck just decided to stall right in the middle of Highway 48, smack-dab in front of the exit ramp. Did I mention that I was already on the exit ramp at the time…with cars in front of me and cars behind me? There was nothing to do except sit. It’s amazing how many cars got off of that exit right there in the middle of nowhere. It was a mess. I hated the fact that I was stuck and I hated even more the fact that there was nothing I could do about the fact that I was stuck! It was out of my hands. I started pondering (didn’t have anything else to do, stuck on the middle of the exit ramp…did I mention I was frustrated?) Anyway, I started thinking about how much stress we cause ourselves worrying and fretting about things over which we have no control. Just in case you are unaware, there is a hole in the ozone layer that is going to cause us all to shrivel up with radiation poisoning. That is if we don’t freeze to death as we enter the new ice age, courtesy of global warming. If that doesn’t do us in, we are bound to get cancer from all of the air pollution we are inhaling, unless of course we are killed first by eating too much red meat. Then there is the fact that terrorists are on the loose and the government is sending them our way because as they monitored our telephone conversations, they heard us tell Aunt Minnie from Minneapolis that we don’t like President Trump because his hairstyle looks stupid. What does all of this have to do with spiritual things? I’m glad you asked because I was getting carried away with myself. There are things in our lives that we can control. Our diets, lifestyles, habits and the amount of time we spend on our walk with God are among those things. For the most part, things such as dreaded disease, the weather, and world peace are way above our pay grade. Let’s all strive to do a better job controlling those things we can change and less time fussing about those things we can’t.
Be blessed and go be a blessing…..Bro. Andy