Here is another interesting quote using the word “Cast” from one of my favorite authors, Jerry Bridges:
Proverbs 16:33 says, “The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD.” The practice of casting lots was often used to determine important matters of state. Officials were chosen, tasks determined, dates selected, and disputes were settled by casting lots (see I Chronicles 24:5; Esther 3:7; Proverbs 18:18; Luke 1:9). The King of Babylon determined military strategy by casting lots (see Ezekiel 21:18-22). Solomon tells us that every decision from casting lots was from God, that is, God controlled the decision that kings and government officials made through this method. –Jerry Bridges, Trusting God, pg. 85
When my children were in grade school teachers were chosen by a sort of “casting lots” method. The names of the children were drawn out of a hat and connected with teachers. However, many Christian parents would request the teacher they felt their child should have. I wanted so badly to choose the teachers for my kids, but felt it would compromise my trust in the Lord to make the decision. One time (and one time only) I suggested one teacher not be my child’s teacher (only because I didn’t know her at all). When they went to draw names, I was told later, that was the first name chosen for my child. They put the names back in the hat and drew again with the same result and told me we needed to stay with that draw. I accepted it, and I’m glad I did, because she ended up being the best teacher ever for my child. It really is safe and wise to trust the Lord (rather than yourself), especially for such important decisions.
We disembarked from the cruise ship Symphony in Panama to more wonderful local music.
We could see plenty of ships getting ready to enter the canal.
We had rented a car to drive to the other side of the country for our standby flights out of Panama City. Although there is a train that goes across, it was not going at the right time for us. But it gave us a chance to see some of the sights better along the way.
Here is the airport, which has a nice restaurant upstairs.
And we were off! It’s always nice when those standby seats are available for two of us at once!
This is the final shout-out to the ship and crew of Crystal Cruises. We had the best time in the Caribbean and would certainly go again if we get the chance. Some of the passengers would remain onboard for another week, as they toured the Panama Canal, Colombia and other stops, but we couldn’t go the extra week (and had already been through the Panama Canal previously). So it was a sad farewell but the memories linger!
I had toured the ship’s kitchen one of the days at sea, and it’s incredible to see how they prepare all the great meals we enjoyed.
Again–wonderful staff members giving it their all. We ate in the Italian restaurant on our last night and the food and presentation here was also delicious and impressive.
The next place we stopped in Costa Rica was the zip line. I had ridden one in Costa Rica and Thailand before, and was excited to experience the thrill of flying through the trees again!
To our surprise, we ran into some of the staff from the ship that were also going on the zip line. It was great that we ended up in the same group so we could get better acquainted. Later I was able to share photos with them, since they didn’t have cameras.
The girls had been tricked into thinking they were going to the beach, and they were dressed accordingly, which we thought was hilarious.
Their names and countries are Aleksandar (Serbia), Stanko (Serbia), Diana (Montenegro) and Lori (Croatia).
What a delight to spend this time with them, laughing, squealing, and being goofy (rather than the normal stance they would take serving on the ship)!
And — to top it off — guess who waited on us at breakfast the next morning? This is always the best part of traveling — the food AND the people we meet!