Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

I know our family is no different than others. We have new experiences taking place that bring things into our lives that we weren’t expecting. Yet many times it is because we don’t dream new dreams.

Something happened this week that made me think about this more. Vicki and I had gone over to watch our grandson, Lance, play football. Joshua, Danielle, Harper and Sutton met us over there. With things going on Joshua, Sutton and I left early.

Joshua and I were just visiting in the front seat about the game and things that had taken place. We talked about the church and the direction God was leading at this time. Sutton was in his car seat watching something. Then it happened.

He said, “We are going to New York.” We just kind of brushed it off and went on talking. It wasn’t long and he said it again. Joshua told him that we were going to Pampa and he said, “No, we are going to New York.”

He said a couple of things that I didn’t understand then he said, “We are going to New York.” By then I jumped in and said that we might go sometime, but for now we were going to Pampa. Things settled down and it ended.

On Saturday they came over for ‘lupper’. While we were eating, Sutton reminded us that we were going to New York. He stood by it and even reminded us later that New York was on our agenda. I’m not planning on it right now, but who knows.

But I can tell you that he won’t be going alone. Someone will go to New York with him. It might just be Dad, Mom and Harper, but who knows, PaPa and MeMaw might be going as well. Even though he is almost 4, I just want Sutton to know that his PaPa will be there for him every step of the way.

In Scripture, God spoke to Joshua and told him that Moses was dead and that He was going to be with Joshua ‘every place on which the sole of your foot treads’ (Joshua 1:3). He shared with him that no one would be able to stand before him all the days of his life. (1:5a).

God then told Joshua that just as He had been with Moses, He would be with him and that He would not fail him nor forsake him (1:5b). Joshua didn’t know all the paths he had to go, but God promised that He would be with him all the way.

That is God’s promise to us in our lives as well. He will lead us where He desires us to go and will make our paths straight (Heb. 12:13). He didn’t promise that there wouldn’t be any problems along the way, but He did say He would be there with us.

Sutton may well go to New York but I can assure you that we will do all we can to make sure that his paths are set by the Lord. We want him to know that as he walks through this life, God will be with him. So whatever trip you are on, just hold to the promise of God that He will be with you.

JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, there IS something about that name!!

Christ only, always,

Bro. Paul