Mar 10 2013

God Did Provide

“All I have needed thy hand hath provided–great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me.” –Thomas O. Chrisholm

John Audubon SP sycamore treeOn January 13 I posted a blog here called “God Will Provide.”  That was the date I resigned my position as pastor here in Pikeville.  When I resigned I had no other job waiting.  I simply knew it was time for me to leave here and felt I could trust God to provide me another place of service when the time was right.  This afternoon I received a call telling me that I have been selected to become the new pastor of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Henderson, Kentucky.  I will begin my work there in May.  I am so very grateful for this opportunity and want to offer my heartfelt thanks to my heavenly Father for being the God who does, indeed, provide.

I am not going to say that I have had no anxious thoughts the past couple of months; my faith is not always what it should be.  Still, I can honestly say I knew that God would eventually open a door for me to serve elsewhere.  Both of God’s books, Creation and the Bible, point to a God who is faithful and good.  I cannot remember a time in my life that God has let me down.  I had no reason to believe He would now.

_DSC8247For those of you who don’t know, Henderson is in the western part of Kentucky.  It is located right across the Ohio River from Evansville, Indiana.  The geography there is quite different from what I’ve been used to the past twenty-four years.  For almost a quarter of a century I’ve lived and served in the hills of Appalachia.  I love these mountains immensely and will no doubt miss them.  Still, I look forward to exploring the natural areas in and around Henderson.  John James Audubon lived in Henderson for a while and there is a state park there named in his honor.  The area is also on a major flyway for migrating birds.  I have a feeling I’ll be doing a good bit of bird photography in the years to come.  Not far from Henderson there are a number of other state parks and a national forest.  There will be no shortage of places and things to explore on my days off.

One of the exciting things about moving to an area that differs geographically and naturally from the one you are used to is that it affords new opportunities to see God in His Creation.  Since I will be exposed to things there that I cannot see here, it only makes sense that I’ll obtain knowledge about God and Creation that I might not know otherwise.  Without a doubt, God is to be found as much in the rivers, lakes and sloughs of western Kentucky as the hills and valleys of the eastern region of the Bluegrass State.  I look forward to sharing with you what I discover there.

John Audubon SP lakeIn the meantime, I encourage you to be aware of God’s presence wherever you happen to be.  Whether you experience God through Creation, the Scriptures or any other means God chooses, I hope you will always remember that He truly is the God who provides.

–Chuck

(I took the three pictures above at John James Audubon State Park when I was working on my book, Kentucky: Unbridled Spirit and Beauty.)