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Good Wednesday Morning! 

I hope you’re all having a wonderful week! Today marks our final week of the Words for Wednesday Summer Series. Our sister Ruth Sorrell is today’s guest writer. 

Like most of you I learned the words to the hymn "Trust and Obey" as a young child… “Trust and obey for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey.” When I was old enough to memorize Scripture, Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths,” became an extension of the familiar hymn.
As an adult I’ve claimed these verses as my favorites and have relied on them in numerous situations. There is plenty that I do not know or cannot comprehend but knowing that I can place my burden in God’s capable hands and let Him lead my next steps is all I need.
Last September with a brand new chorus teacher the Choral Booster Club began at a high school that had been open for only one year. I volunteered to be its President since this was my third time parenting a high schooler, and I was the most experienced parent in the room. At the next meeting the director set his sights on the chorus singing at Carnegie Hall in July. I had not foreseen this scenario when I volunteered the previous month! 
I felt capable of establishing a booster club with my experience from my older two children, but I felt so incapable of planning a trip for the entire chorus. I am not an anxious person by nature, but this trip made me afraid. The uncertainty surrounding COVID, vaccination statuses and cards, and NYC policies were well out of my control. What was the world going to be like in six months? 
Once payments began there would be no refunds. Our group wasn’t large enough for a tour company to accept us, so the burden of coordinating sight-seeing activities during free time was placed on me. The last time I was in NYC was pre-9/11. I was certain I was not the right person for the job.
COVID became a non-issue, but craziness was happening on the subway and in the streets of NYC. Parents were trusting me to keep their unaccompanied children safe. Also, in early June the wildfires in Canada were driving smoke to the east coast and causing horrible air quality. How could we walk around and sightsee in such conditions? In late June we learned our hotel had cases of Legionnaire’s disease associated with it during the past year. They had remediation underway for the two weeks prior to our arrival, but literally, what else can it possibly be?

We encountered numerous setbacks, frustrations working with our NY contact, and I had more sleepless nights than I want to admit. However, I also have an amazing group of friends who prayed for me and for the trip. I relied on their intercessions on my behalf. 
Our trip was fantastic! God showed up every day and that made me smile, relax, and enjoy my surroundings. God’s still small voice was audible among the windchimes and the water of the fountains of the 9/11 Memorial. Amazing Grace was proclaimed privately for us from the largest pipe organ in NYC at St. Bartholomew’s Cathedral. The resonant sound bounced off the marble and the high ceilings and caused goose bumps among several in our group. The grandeur of St. Patrick’s Cathedral with its spectacular stained-glass windows, ornate sculptures and immense proportions was breathtaking and befitting of our Lord. I worshiped while "How Great Thou Art" was played on a $200,000 piano in a private room at the Steinway store in Times Square. Yes, for the time we were there, the air was clear from smoke, the sky was free from rain, and everyone stayed safe.
I can’t explain how beautiful worship was to me the week after our trip. Step by Step says, “And step by step You’ll lead me. And I will follow you all of my days.” The Cry of My Heart says, “It is the cry of my heart to follow you all of the days of my life.” The Potter’s Hand says, “You gently call me into Your presence guiding me by Your Holy Spirit.” We concluded by hearing the importance of Psalm 119:11, “I will hide Your word in my heart that I may not sin against you.”
I’m so thankful that every good and perfect gift is from above and is available to me when I trust.
These are your words for Wednesday!
iLove you,

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