God’s Mysterious Ways (Mar-Jun 2010)

By Matt Dabbs

by Edward Fudge
May 25, 2010

Looking over past events, it is easy to see connections, stepping-stones, bridges, by which it appears that God has ordered our lives and directed our journey. For seven years beginning in 1976, I worked as a typesetter in a printing shop in Alabama. I was truly grateful to have the job, but I also felt frustratingly underemployed. That all changed with the offer to move to Houston, Texas as founding editor of an interdenominational Christian newspaper. The board chose me, the publisher explained, because I was the only candidate who had typesetting experience.

Later, when the paper began to sink in a sagging economy, a law professor who attended my Sunday Bible class encouraged me to go to law school — something I had never considered, much less planned. Forty-two months later, with a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree in one hand and a license from the Texas Supreme Court in the other, I began 22 years of full-time law practice. And it all happened because of that typesetting job in Alabama.

The apostle Paul and his companions once intended to go into the Roman province of Asia, but the Holy Spirit said “No.” So they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit did not allow that either. Still seeking to know God’s wishes, they stopped at Troas. There Paul had a dream, in which a man of Macedonia urged him to come to his aid. Paul discussed the dream with his group, decided it was God’s direction, and took a ship to Philippi, a major city of Macedonia and a Roman colony. There his first gospel convert was a traveling business-woman named Lydia, whose home was Thyatira . . . in the province of Asia (Acts 16:6-15). God works in mysterious ways indeed.

This week I received an email from Liz Pence, a gifted teacher with a message refined in the fires of personal experience (www.hoperevealed.com). Liz has recently received a dramatic increase in orders for her teaching DVDs, after a particular Christian brother watched them and urged his friends to see them, too. He had read my report about Liz’s ministry in a gracEmail after I had heard her twice at the Tulsa Workshop. And I had tracked down her classes there because Marge Green, another gracEmail subscriber who could not go to Tulsa this year herself, wrote me several times urging that I not fail to hear Liz while I was there. “Now many others are ordering [the DVD’s],” Liz says, “and are writing about how this message of hope has blessed them. I look forward to all the many good things that the Lord will continue to do through all of us in our weakness.” So do I, sister Liz. So do I.
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Matt is the preaching minister at the Auburn Church of Christ in Auburn, Alabama. He and Missy have been married 12 years and are raising two wonderful boys, Jonah and Elijah. Matt is passionate about reaching and discipling young adults, small groups, and teaching. Matt is currently the editor and co-owner of Wineskins.org.

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