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While on my morning run during my first visit to Eureka, it was as if I had been here before.

The bay looked familiar.

There was the clammy humidity of the thick fog on my skin.

There was the smell of wood chips waiting to be loaded onto the freighters sitting in our bay.

There was the sound of the whistle at the end of the jetty.

The stacks of the closed pulp mill broke the horizon across the bay.

There were the familiar log trucks rumbling down the highway and the oyster farmers crossing the water on their small barges.  There were sand dunes north of town and tugboats moored in the marina.

Have you ever had deja vu?

That is what I was experiencing that morning.

I was born and raised in Coos Bay, Oregon and I just described Coos Bay.  Although I was in Humboldt, I had the uncanny feeling that I had come home.

While on that morning run I knew for certain that I could happily live here.

God was using my past to give me peace in the present.

God will use the places of our past but He also uses the people of our past to prepare us for the present and the future.

How has your past prepared you for the present?  The good and the bad?  The places and the people?

“For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a future and a hope.”  Jeremiah 29:11

When you face significant decisions in life, prayerfully submit them to the Lord.  Trust God with the decisions of your life to God.  Listen.  Be patient, and yield to what you discern to be His will.