Drawing Lines

“God can draw a straight line with a crooked pencil” (passed on by Michael Faas, CEO of Metro Health). Last weekend Alan and I enjoyed attending Metro Health-University of Michigan Health’s annual fundraiser, this year to raise money to assist cancer patients…which is near and dear to our hearts!  We sat next to the CFO of Mel Trotter Rescue Mission, which is an outreach to the homeless in our area. Anybody can get free meals at Mel Trotter, but you earn the privilege of spending the night there by listening to a one-hour service where the gospel is preached.  Their current CFO was  one of the founding fathers of Pinnacle Bank, but instead of golfing in Florida, he’s spending his retirement years helping keep this great ministry (Mel Trotter) solvent! I am so grateful for people like this sweet couple! For about ten years when our kids were young and we had a “family band,” we helped out by providing music and a message about once a month down at Mel Trotter, and then I taught the ladies’ Bible study on Wednesday mornings for several more years, but we haven’t done anything since.  😦 Especially honored that evening was Michael Faas, who is retiring as the CEO after twenty-five years of faithful service to the hospital and our community. He could have talked about how wonderful he is, but instead he talked about how wonderful the incoming CEO is! I’ve never met Michael Fass personally, but I admired what he had to say, and he passed along one bit of wisdom that I hope I never forget: “God can draw a straight line with a crooked pencil.”  Isn’t that a beautiful thought? I can’t tell you how many times I saw lives transformed by the grace of God at Mel Trotter over the years. Conversions from alcoholism, drugs, and desperate situations are really undeniable miracles.  But, you know what? Those transformations are no more miraculous than the undeniable miracle God works in each one of us when we trust in Jesus as our Lord and Savior! We are all “crooked pencils” by birth…unable to perceive 100% truth or walk a truly straight line. Today is my 68th birthday, and I want to tell you that without Jesus as my Savior and the Bible as my moral compass, I’d be so lost! I’m still a “crooked pencil,” but I pray that God will use me to draw straight lines. Also, I’m thankful to be alive today! Thank you, Father, for sending your Son to die for us so that we can all have two birthdays: the day of our birth here on earth, and the day we are born again into everlasting life!

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.” (John 3:3-7)

Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed” (John 6:27).

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