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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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July 10, 2013 - Bus Ride to Future Blessings

By William E. Richardson

"By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going" (Hebrews 11:8, NKJV).

I boarded the Greyhound bus in Portland, Ore. It traveled eastward, out of Portland, past Oregon's beautiful autumn countryside. The next day, riding through a morning fog, I opened my Bible to the Book of Genesis. I read about Abraham traveling, not knowing what the future held, but trusting God's guidance.

I could relate.

I wasn't sure what to expect at the end of my ride. I did believe God wanted me to answer a job offer three states away. Like Abraham, I sensed God leading me a certain direction. So, mile after mile, I went that direction.

Seasons of transition are important times in our lives. We may find ourselves filled with anticipation for wonderful possibilities. We may also experience feelings of uncertainty and apprehension.

The bus rolled across northern Idaho then through Montana. We traversed the Rocky Mountains. We kept picking up and dropping off passengers. The bus driver called those places "rest stops." After a few hundred miles, I wanted activity stops; we rested all day on the bus. We eventually entered South Dakota.

Abraham's story in Genesis reminded me how well God guides His followers. Believing God's promise to lead him, Abraham kept traveling and trusting. That encouraged my faith for whatever would lie ahead. At 7 p.m. on a Wednesday, I stepped off the bus for the final time. I walked through the rain to the shelter of the bus station.

What followed? Many days on which I now look back with joy. Months of good memories, reminders that God's followers should always anticipate wonderful possibilities. I became a counselor at a Teen Challenge center.

Through situations I experienced while serving under a man full of insight and wisdom, I grew in my faith. I eventually had the pleasure of speaking at the graduation ceremony of a student I helped through the program. Other blessings awaited.

I began dating a young lady who was born in that town. Today, she's my wife. That rainy night I entered the bus terminal, God knew what I didn't: that my future wife's parents lived across the street. Just seeing the bus station became a reminder of God's guidance in my life.

I praise God that, like Abraham, I trusted, obeyed, and received what God had in store. I learned that transitional times bring uncertainty, but can also be exciting times. Times God uses to bring spiritual growth and unforeseen blessings.

— William E. Richardson is senior pastor of Afton (Iowa) Assembly of God and blogs at



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