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Grow Where God Has Planted You

For the planners among us this time of isolation and uncertainty is a nightmare. We have so many questions in our mind; what about my holiday in the summer? Will I still be able to move flat in the autumn? What about my job? When can I next see my family? How do I schedule chats with my friends? Or simply, when will life be back to normal, so that I can do the things I need to do?  But even if you are not a planner, I suspect that the future being a big ‘…’ is unsettling. Nothing has changed, you never knew the future… This may seem a ridiculous thing to say because, in one sense, everything has changed, but in another profound way, nothing has changed; you never knew what tomorrow holds. The Biblical writers remind us of this truth time and again from James [4:13-14]: ‘Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What
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