Dear Friends,

This day has been on many calendars (mine included) for a long time.  This is the first day of the Republican National Convention.  Actually, if you’ve been listening to the news, you know that Hurricane Isaac has changed that.  The start of the convention has been postponed one day.  Debbie Wasserman Shultz on “Meet the Press” yesterday made a rare non-partisan observation:  “We know that here in Florida, in hurricane alley, we make our plans and God laughs.”

That really is true.  You’d think we human beings are big enough and smart enough that we could make something as important as a national nominating convention happen on schedule.  Hurricanes are but one of many reminders that we aren’t.  Whenever we think we are in control of events, it’s good to remind ourselves that we only think we are in control.  Things can happen — call it divine intervention or just call it “circumstances beyond our control’ — that can change any of our plans.

We’re going to be starting a series on the book of James on September 9.  James addresses our arrogance of thinking we are in control.

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and get gain;” whereas you do not know about tomorrow.  What is your life?  For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.  Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and we shall do this or that” (James 4:13-15).

Proverbs also has a pertinent verse.

Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth  (Proverbs 27:1).

So, as we start another week on this Monday and as we all have our plans for how we expect this week to unfold, just a little reminder:  All human plans are tentative.  God alone is in control.

In Christ,