Ecclesiastes 3:1

"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven."

This is one of my favourite Bible verses.    You really need to read right through to verse 8 for the full picture.

I have come to learn that no matter what may be going on in my life, good or bad, there is a reason for it and a purpose.  And so, I must trust in the Lord for He already knows the final outcome.

As in reading a good mystery novel,

what suspense or enjoyment would we gain in jumping to the last chapter.   Think of all of the characters involved who we would not even be introduced to.   Or all of the little adventures that happen in between.

In this article I will share with you one of my lessons which really was a gift.

My journey with the Lord began when I called upon Him on a very hot summer day.   Where?

Actually out behind the barn of all places.  I had had a terrible fight with my brother, and was feeling rather used, having to work so hard on our farm.  I was a girl having to do the work of a man.  On top of the adolescent hormone swings, no phone to communicate with friends, I was feeling pretty lonely.

But that was where the Lord was waiting to hear from me.

The following summer I asked my Grandma if I could be baptized.  Our little country church in Leonard had a leak in its baptismal.  The Pastor was also moving away.  We needed to ask another Pastor from the city.  He was retiring and another door was closed.

Time moved on and I read my Bible and absorbed many books plus followed in the leadership of my grandparents.

I started working and shared in renting a house just walking distance from where my mother originally went to Sunday School.  The Pastor from the city had chosen to retire in this area and was a member of this church.   It was from this 2nd country church, 7 years later, that I finally was baptized.  What a blessing it was to have this Pastor as the special speaker for me on that baptism Sunday.

Can you guess what his sermon was about?

In Service for Christ

       Jean Normand