Two- inch events

By Dave Henning / October 5, 2016

“It’s two- inch events that change our trajectory.”- Mark Batterson

“From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth, and he determined the times set for them and the exact places they should live.”- Acts 17:26

Mark Batterson opens Chapter 5 (“The Game of Inches”) of Chase the Lion with the two- inch story of Ed Catmull.  In the summer of 1957, Ed, then twelve, accompanied his family on a cross-country auto trip to Yellowstone National Park.  Zigzagging on a canyon road with no guardrail, Ed’s dad swerved to avoid an oncoming car that had veered into his lane.

As a result, the Catmulls came within two inches of driving off the cliff.   In addition, that close call gave us films like Finding Nemo.  Why?  Because Ed grew up to be founder and president of Pixar Animation Studios.

Life, Pastor Batterson reminds us, is a game of inches.  Yet, God controls every one of those inches, as Mark confidently asserts:

“What I am sure of is this: God is in the business of strategically positioning us in the right place at the right time.  Of course, it often seems like the wrong place at the wrong time.  But like a grand master who strategically positions his pawns, bishops, kings, and queens, God is setting you up.”

Therefore, rather than placing your focus on meeting the right people, focus on becoming the right person.  When you do the right thing, day in and day out, God keeps His promises to you and orders your footsteps.  Even with two- inch events!

Today’s question: What two- inch events altered the trajectory of your desert, land between time?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “Equilibrium in God’s sovereignty”


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