From one preacher to another: God or coincidence

Borderlands, The Old Fool’s Sunday morning study group, often examines whether God is at work or if what  is happening is mere chance.  We tend to be skeptical of any claim that cannot be supported by empirical data. So the existence of a god who cannot be seen, weighed, or measured is questioned.         

But what happened on Sunday raised the question again in the mind of The Old Fool.  He had been asked to teach a class of “young professionals” and was to choose the lesson topic, the only condition being that it be Bible based.  From the beginning, The Old Fool’s preparation focused on what Jesus said about the  Queen of Sheba’s long trip to learn from King Solomon. Jesus ended by saying “now one greater than Solomon is here.”

The Old Fool was surprised that he and the preacher of the morning  were using some of the same texts. Did God lead us in our preparation, or was it just a happy coincidence that we used the same texts?   

The Old Fool has a notion that appeals to him as an answer. If a chance happening is beneficial, the Old Fool tends to thank God for it.  It may have happened by chance, but he is still grateful. If what happens is not helpful or is even harmful, The Old Fool attributes it to the natural flow of events, not to God.  

So The Old Fool thanks God for the mutual use of texts in the preacher’s sermon and his own teaching.    

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About Martin Lehman

I was born 92 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the "Old Fool" moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.
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