Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. Proverbs 3:5
I know we all look for calm after a storm. It seems to me the trial of the faith of the Pilgrims was no exception. Like the Apostle Paul of old, they endured much for the simple pleasure of Freedom to Worship. Like Paul, they faced a terrible storm, and survived. Like Paul, they endured hardship and faced death. Remember Paul was bitten by a very poisonous snake, yet lived. Now these Pilgrims endured the long winter of death and with the first signs of spring emerged from the Common House.
Amongst those who lived was one William Bradford. Though on death’s doorstep, he survived, because truly God wasn’t done with him yet. On April 1621, the first governor, John Carver died and the immediate choice to replace him was William. He would be the governor over the first Thanksgiving, and would continue on in this role for thirty years. Though weak and at times weary, William managed to lead the survivors in the building of Plimouth town. It was during that time that God sent one to help the feeble survivors. That man appeared as the enemy they feared.
In March of 1621, the Pilgrims were busy building cabins and putting up barrier fort walls around the settlement when suddenly a cry went out amongst the people. “INDIANS!” There to everyone’s surprise was one Indian and his name was Massasoit. He stood regally and waited to be invited in. Receiving none, he raised his hand and called out, “Welcome, have you any beer?” The Pilgrims were confused and asked, “What did he say?” Once again the Indian repeated, “Welcome, have you any beer?” Slowly and cautiously, certain men emerged from the Common House to introduce themselves and welcome the stranger. They had already run out of beer but offered the Indian wine and a morsel of bread.
I will tell you more tomorrow, Lord’s Willing. What I want us to see is that in spite of the storm, God already has a victory planned. Noah faced a storm and God already had a victory planned, Jonah faced a storm, as did Jesus and Paul. They all arrived safely because that was the divine plan of God. You and I are so easily effected by small storms, but how will we face major ones. Can you imagine if someone from behind the protective walls of the Common House had opened fire on the Indian? Praise God for the right leadership of the time. Though afraid the men of the camp were not given to panic.
We, as believers, should realize that in this world God does the unexpected with whomsoever He will. When we say that God will not do it one way or another, we limit God. I for one trust the creator of all things and I can’t wait to see how He will make this or that work out.
Think about it.
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