SERENDIPITY FOR SATURDAY

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FOLLOW THE SCRIPT

I read this article by Roger Darlington, a British portfolio worker, specializing in consumer affairs and the communications industry, and having enjoyed seeing the same movie he did, I could relate very well to what he was saying. He wrote that his all-time favorite film is “Lawrence Of Arabia,” starring Peter O’Toole. And one of his best-loved scenes from the movie takes place in the hot Nefud desert. The crossing of the Nefud desert was considered impossible, even by the local Arabs, but Lawrence persuades them that, in this way, they can conquer the Turkish port at Aqaba from the rear.

Having carried out the superhuman feat of traversing this outdoor furnace, it is discovered that one of the Arabs, Gasim, has fallen off his camel and is no doubt dying somewhere back in the desert. Lawrence is told that any idea of rescue is futile and, in any event, Gasim’s death is “written.” However, Lawrence achieves the impossible and returns with Gasim still alive. The Arab leader, Sherif Ali, admits to him: “Truly, for some men nothing is written unless they write it.”

As an impressionable teenager, Darlington was awed by Lawrence’s courage and unselfishness in going back into the hell of the Nefud to attempt to find a man he hardly knew laying unseen the vast expanse of a fiery terrain. But he was moved most by the sense of purpose of a man who is determined to take nothing as “written” but to shape his own destiny. This sense of anti-determinism and this belief that anything is possible had stayed with him and continues to inspire him in large and small ways.

Sometimes, people tell us that what we’re planning to do because it needs to get done is impossible. All that they’ve heard, seen, or experienced showed them that it can’t be accomplished. That’s when we too need to let them know that while many things that happened in our lives were written by others, like our parents, our teachers, our friends, there comes a time when we need to write the script ourselves.

And for that, we need God’s help because if it is His will, then we know it can happen. The prophet Jeremiah required a plan to get through a difficult and trying time, so he went to his Divine Father, and God told him that He already had the plans Jeremiah needed and that they were to make things better, not worse.1 Perhaps the prophet remembered the words of the wise King Solomon who stated that while a person may have a plan in their heart where they want to go, God will show them every step to take in order to get there.2 That’s why the Apostle Paul could say for certain if you love God and know His purpose for your life, everything will work out just fine.3

So the next time someone tells you that their mother, brother, or friend tried that and it didn’t work, just tell them you are following a different script that God helped you to write for yourself. Not only that, but when God shows you what He wants for you to do, or be, or where to go, He will not confuse you by changing His mind. And just to prove that He keeps His word, He took an oath never to let you down.4 – Dr. Robert R Seyda

1 Jeremiah 29:12

Proverbs 16:9

Romans 8:28

Hebrews 6:17

About drbob76

Retired missionary, pastor, seminary professor, Board Certified Chaplain and American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Director.
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