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From Your Pastor’s Heart

Wednesday, October 21, 2015, was “Back to the Future” day.

The iconic 1985 movie, which spun off two other movies (BTTF, part 2, actually gives us the date 10/21/2015), provided my generation with a lot of expectations: self-tying shoes, hover boards, dog walking robots. Not many of the movie’s predictions came true (although had the Chicago Cubs made the World Series one of the film’s most famous prognostication could have made the north-siders very, very happy). The movie, that made the DeLorean famous again, was based on the premise that at 88 mph the DeLorean would become a time traveling vehicle.

One exchange of dialogue between lead actors, Marty McFly and Dr. Emmet Brown caught my attention:

MM: Doc, we better back-up. We don’t have enough road to get up to 88 (mph)!

Doc Brown: Roads? Where we are going, we don’t need roads.

Who needs roads where no one has ever been? Roads exist because others have forged paths for us to follow and generally that is a good thing that we are grateful for. But what about the destinations where we have yet to arrive? Who will forge those paths? The Bible has a lot to say about the paths before us:

And I will make all my mountains a road, and my highways shall be raised up. Isaiah 49:11(ESV)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6(ESV)

The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in His way; Psalms 37:23(ESV)

Do you see that God is in control of creating the paths and guiding the steps for all those who “delight in His way”? God would have us to pursue Him along these paths:

The Path of Salvation

The Path of Serving

The Path of Suffering

It is true, where we are going we don’t need any roads. God is charting His course for us and its destination is good and safe. We don’t just follow the ways others have gone, we forge ahead in utter dependence on God and His plan for us.

Some trust in Chariots,

Some trust in horses,

Some trust in “Flux Capacitors”,

But we trust in the name of the LORD our God! Psalm 20:7 (with a little editing)

I pray that you will always seek Him first and only. I pray that as a church family, Crossroads will seek the path the Lord has charted for us. May we navigate the road before us using His Word as our North Star and His Holy Spirit as our Guide.

Loving Every Step,

Bro. David