I’ve been strolling down memory lane this week. It all started a few nights ago when I got a Facebook message. “Are you Kathy Head (my maiden name, which I was glad to get rid of) that went to Shreve Christian School?”

Becoming Facebook friends with Tammie was only the beginning. I quickly reconnected with a number of high school friends. We’ve been sending Facebook messages and emailing back and forth for days. I even talked on the phone with Mary Ann, a sweet friend I haven’t seen in 20 years. We made plans to meet for coffee when I travel to her city in a couple of weeks.

This year marks thirty years since we graduated from high school. (I know I just gave away my age.) So, a possible reunion was the topic of many of our messages this week. Last night I pulled out my old yearbooks. I looked at the pictures – we were such babies. I read the notes from dear friends I thought I would stay close to forever, but haven’t seen in decades.

A lot has happened to our small class in thirty years. One friend died of cancer, one is in jail, and one was shot and killed by a neighbor during a dispute just last month. Several have divorced, a few are in ministry, and a handful is nowhere to be found.

How did I end up where I am? I started in the same spot as thirty-one other people and yet ended up in a different and unique place. As I looked back at my past this week God reminded me that He is in control of my life. He is sovereign over my circumstances and opportunities.

God works in the experiences and relationships of our past to mold us for the future He has for us. I can see His activity throughout the years, as He brought into my life what He needed to make me fit for His purposes. He shaped me in the past to do His will now.

Am I allowing Him to continue to shape and mold me today to make me fit for what He has for me tomorrow? How about you? Can you see God’s activity in your past, shaping your today?

May the God of peace… equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us, what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. Hebrews 13:20-21.

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