Meridian Star


May 3, 2014

From the Shepherd's Heart

MERIDIAN — “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.” — Prov. 3:5, 6

This week, we have experienced an historic weather disaster. Countless lives and property has been lost to hundreds of tornadoes. The immensity of the disaster defies comprehension. For many, life will never be the same.

    When life is interrupted and our power to control is conquered by fear and doubt, we often want to question God. Does God care? Does God control? Why did He allow this to happen? What’s next? We are constantly trying to reduce every experience into something rational and satisfactory that our minds can claim control on the next event or outcome.

    Proverbs reminds us that we are best to not trust our own understanding. Some things are beyond explanation. We don’t know every factor. We can’t read God’s mind or heart. We can’t see the future. Some things just don’t make sense.

    When Andrew was about three years old, his cat died. Going home from church that week, Andrew began to ask questions. First question: “My cat was sick, wasn’t he?” I said yes. Second question: “My cat died, didn’t he?” I said, “Yes he did.” Third question: “My cat went to heaven, didn’t he?” Not thinking, I said, “Probably.” His next question: “Isn’t God in heaven?” I said, “Yes. Why do you ask?”     His final question was, “Why does God want a cat?” At that point I knew I had painted myself into a corner and was not going to be able to give an explanation to a three year old boy about his dead cat.

    Proverbs is encouraging us to trust God instead of trying to “figure everything out.” Many experiences will be beyond our comprehension and understanding. Nothing is beyond our trusting God and knowing that, “He will direct our paths,” even when we don’t know where we are headed.

Dr. John A. Temple is pastor of Poplar Springs Drive Baptist Church, located at 4032 Poplar Springs Drive in Meridian. Visit the church website online at www.

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