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God plays the long game


I was sitting at the Hopevale Elder meeting this past Tuesday night, waiting for us to jump into an agenda full of discussion about "current events" at our church, when Dave Bushong (one of Hopevale's awesome Community Group leaders) came in with a gift for the church. Each member of their group wrote a letter to "Hopevale's future" during our recent message series on 1 John, titled Confidence in the Chaos. They sealed their letters in a "time capsule," to be opened 100 years from now.

I was struck by the contrasting sight lines in that moment. I was completely focused on the challenges of our current reality. There are several, and they are very real. Then in walks Dave with his time capsule, and his eyes focused 100 years into the future, reminding me that God plays the long game.

God sees the challenges of the immediate, and he is with us in those challenges. But he also sees the horizon. He is not surprised or caught off guard by any part of "today." I'm trying to picture God sitting in heaven, talking with Jesus and saying, "Oh no, look what happened at Hopevale! Didn't see that coming. What are we going to do?"

God plays the long game. Today, tomorrow, 100 years from now. And I'm glad.

"I’m absolutely convinced that nothing... nothing today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us." Romans 8:38-39 (MSG)

For the Great Lakes Bay Region,
Paul Miller


Don't miss Sunday morning, September 8, as we will be celebrating our 60th anniversary as Hopevale Church!

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