Remember the former things long past, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me. - Isaiah 46:9
In 1972 Hanna-Barbera produced a TV show for NBC called Sealab 2020 that survived only one season. As you may guess, it was a cartoon show about complete families who were deep sea “Oceanauts,” living in an underwater structure, studying the ocean, and having great adventures.
As a boy of nine years old I was fascinated by all sorts of science fiction, including the pictures and stories of what the future would look like. I specifically wondered if, in the future year of 2020, I would live in such a place: deep underwater, or in outer space, or some other fascinating world in that far off year. I calculated I would be in my mid-fifties by then, and would likely be too old to really enjoy it or have any fun being in the future. I was right!
The future is here, and I am not doing any of the cool things that young boys dream about. It is something so much better. I am a soldier on a planet created by a living God who has put me on an adventure that does not serve me, but serves others by introducing them to that Creator and Savior Jesus Christ. It is an adventurous race against time, and an epic battle for souls on the frontline of eternity.
How did I get here? As I look in the past years, I see specific turning points, hard choices, difficult trials, unexpected miracles, undaunted love, and gentle challenges that moved me to this place. I can see them for what they are now: the hand of the living God moving in my life. Only by looking at the things He has done over time can I see how He really is God over all time, in all places, and over all my heart.
Glen Arbor Community Church
West Chicago, Illinois
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