Wayne Weekly “Goodbye 2017. The Plates of Life are Shifting”

Written by on December 28, 2017

When I was in high school, a poster was printed with bold letters declaring “Goodbye California”. The words were imposed over a drawing of the San Andrea’s fault. In small print it had names of famous people and places living or built along the fault line. That fault line runs almost the entire length of the state and most of the well know cities of California are on built on or just on either side of those stressed plates. Back then, we were led to believe that much of the west coast would slide off into the ocean in the event of an earthquake. That theory has been debunked by many.

Though the earth’s plates are moving at about two inches each year, I’ve read, the areas where the plates can’t readily move are building up pressure. It’s believed that one day the plates will give way and the shifting will result in a disastrous earthquake.

Well, it’s been fifty years since that poster was created, and California still remains intact.

The year 2017 is different. It is coming to an end for sure. 2018 is moving in and the new year holds unknowable events. A year from now, we will review 2018 and all that transpired, but for now, only time will tell.

None of us are guaranteed an uneventful year. None of us are able to escape what’s to come. As Christian’s we do have one assurance, however. That is the absolute fact that God is in control. Nothing happens without his knowledge and will. There will come good, and there will come what we call bad or evil. Living in a sin cursed world reaps not so good outcomes.

With 2018 quickly approaching, we all need to reflect on where we’re at with God. Many of us need to take steps to “draw near to God”. Knowing His peace, knowing he cares brings joy despite the woes around us. The plates of life are shifting.

“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”                               James 4:8a

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