Last night we had six or eight inches of snow at the BI, and this morning when I tried to get my car out of the driveway, it just kept slipping and sliding and finally got totally stuck. That meant I missed eating breakfast with Mike and Betsi Calhoun. When I called them at 7 AM to report the bad news, Betsi told me she had prepared ham and eggs and biscuits and grits--a true Southern meal. I hated to miss that because that's the sort of breakfast we’re going to eat in heaven plus I've been eating in my cabin and hadn't gone to the dining hall for a single meal this week. Betsi reminded me to pray what she called "the Ray prayer." That a reference to the 21-Day Prayer Challenge that I shared last March. Betsi said she had been praying it every day since then. It goes like this:

Heavenly Father, you are in charge of everything that will happen to me today–
The good and the bad,
The happy and the sad,
The positive and the negative.
Please help me to be thankful for everything that happens today. Amen.

I felt better after I said that prayer. A few minutes later I wandered over to the dining hall and ate a quick breakfast. While there I happened to sit down next to a young man who wanted to talk to me. It turns out that we have a mutual friend going through a very difficult time right now. We talked at length about our friend and then we prayed together. As I left, I reflected that God was truly in charge of all things--the snow, the slipping and sliding, the missed breakfast, and the seat I took by the young man wanting to talk to me. All things truly work together for good.

I finished my final two sessions on Galatians right on time. The students were attentive and appreciative and seemed to soak up everything I was teaching. That's why I come back to WOLBI year after year. It’s hard to think of anything more fulfilling than equipping the next generation of rising Christian leaders.

Now it's time to board the plane. After fifteen days, and by the grace of God, I'm about to go home.

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