Thoughts on life from Pat Oaks
These last couple of weeks have been surreal - for everyone. In the midst of all the corona virus scare, we have decided to move...yet again. This probably makes about 25 times in the 53 years we have been married.
We moved back to Knoxville 6 months ago after being gone for a year. We missed the ministry with Lost Sheep so much that we decided to move back. We were offered a place to live in the Church of God parsonage, so we moved in last October. These 6 months have been full and productive months, especially the last two weeks. The ministry here is packing food and giving it out every day from the parking lot beside the house we are living in right now. We have had some wonderful encounters not only the last 6 months but the last two weeks.
Deciding that we were going to move was, at first, somewhat disappointing - thinking that we would have to leave the Lost Sheep Ministry again. However, Jason told us about a rental house a couple of blocks from him that belongs to his former boss. Jason actually is the one who renovated the house, so it looks wonderful. We had checked out some other rentals and they were all dumps! Not this one.
To me, this whole experience just points to the goodness of God and how He is taking care of us. Four days ago, we were thinking that we were going to have to leave Knoxville. We weren't upset, just wondering what was ahead for us. Then everything turned on a dime! Jason called his boss and within just a couple of hours, we had a place to go. It's a cute place in a nice neighborhood.
See what I mean about what a difference a day makes? I could have gotten all bent out of shape, but instead I am praising God and wondering why He is so good to me.
Every day has the potential to change the whole direction of a person's life. If you are walking with the Lord, though, it is an adventure that I do not want to miss. I want to be like Abraham who "went out....not knowing where he was going." But because the Lord said to go, he went.
I have quoted Bilbo Baggins from Lord of the Rings before, but I will again. "It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to."
I may not be able to keep my feet and I may not know where I may be swept off to, but I know SOMEONE who does know my feet and He knows exactly where I will be swept off to....I trust Him, and oh the adventures I have had and am going to have!