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April 10, 2012


Our lives are full of plans. Plans of accomplishment and plans for the achievement of goals. We know our minds, set our course and move forward. Then, the unexpected happens. We come to an intersection - an unexpected interruption of our will and performance. I would like to call this an "intersection moment". Our intersection may involve another person, an situation or a personal revelation or another way of seeing. Hopefully, we won't get stuck at our intersection. They are not conclusions or destinations, they give as a chance to pause, take a look at our choices, set our priorities and challenge the rigidity of our thought process.

Intersections test the condition of our soul.

Our plans may go awry when unexpectedly, a friend needs encouragement, when we have a disagreement, when our health is compromised, when someone close to us becomes gravely ill or dies. These intersections do not impede the progress of my life, they are the way my life proceeds. If I am not praying while I travel unprepared into a situation, an intersection gives me the great opportunity to tune in to what God would have me do. To pause, to be quiet, to choose to be in God's presence.

Some of the things I have learned about intersections are here - the most important one is #3. I expect to learn more as I go forward.

1. I won't come to any intersection unless I am moving

2. The direction I take at the intersection, each decision I make will affect my life.

3. Intersections and decisions will not affect the love that God has for me.

Jeremiah 29:11 New International Version (©1984) For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future..

(Bonnie Strand)