Bus Ministry (1)

Monday, November 24, 2003

Jeremiah 29:11 – "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." (NIV)

When my contract with the church came to an end, and I couldn't see any other job opportunities within the church, I knew that I had to look outside the church for work. This was the first time that I had had to do so in a very long time. Where was God leading me? What doors would open up for me? I've learned long ago never to try to outguess God, so why should I have been surprised when someone asked me, "Well, would you drive a bus?"

It is certainly something that I would not have suggested for myself, but I believe that it is a door God that has opened for me. Each day, I pick up children who have special needs, and I take them to school and then back home again. Because of the children's special needs, just about anything could happen on any given day. It is challenging work. There's never a dull moment, but God has given me these children for a reason. It is a ministry, and I know that God has been watching over us more than once as we dealt with things on the bus.

As I've shared with some of my friends about some of the situations on my bus, I've heard remarks such as, "What hope do those kids have when they get older?" I believe these kids have mega challenges in their little lives, but God also has a plan for these kids, plans to prosper them and not to harm them, plans to give them (and us) hope and a future.

If we are wondering today about where God is directing us, let us not leave any door unopened and let us not be quick to say "no", even if it's not what we would have first considered. God may be preparing us for another ministry.

Prayer: Loving God, we thank You that You are always there opening fresh doors of opportunity for us. Help us to recognize those open doors today. Thank You for those who are working with people who do have special challenges in their lives. We lift them up to You today in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

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Ruth McCowan <rbmccowan@shaw.ca>
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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