Miss Sue and I are regular attendees at Global Café. This Sunday evening event is a gathering of Asbury University students at the World Gospel Mission Student Center in Wilmore, Kentucky. There are normally eighty to one hundred students in attendance. These students are keenly interested in learning about missions as they consider their future plans beyond college.
Recently at the Global Café, the attendance was larger than usual and we were grateful for the excellent attendance. Vince Archer, veteran WGM missionary, was sharing about an exciting new ministry among university students in Argentina. He related a personal anecdote from his Asbury days. He had just finished his final exams for the semester and was attending a church conference in the south. The speaker at one of the sessions he attended opened by telling them he was going to start the session with a test. Having just survived exams, Vince had little interest in taking another test. The speaker tried to relieve the tension by informing the session attendees that it would only be one question. Then, to further reduce the apprehension, he announced that it would be a ‘true or false ‘ question. Vince relaxed a bit and waited for the one question.
The speaker asked, “ Do you think it is wise to include God in your future plans?” Answer true or false. Raise your hand if you think ‘true’ is the correct response. Everyone raised his or her hand. The speaker continued by tell the group that ‘false’ was actually the best response. Moments passed, and then the speaker gave his rationale for believing false was the best response.
He felt it was arrogant and presumptuous to think we have the prerogative of allowing God to have a place in OUR plans. It is much better to recognize who God is and who we are. We surely must understand that His ways are higher than our ways. (Isaiah 55: 9). We need to acknowledge His sovereignty when He says in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
~ Brother Roy