Our plans and God’s plans
Last week, my schedule was all blown to pieces. My wife, Belinda, was away on a training course. I was home with my youngest son, Steven. I would be the super-dad, up at 5 am each morning to get my son online for his school lessons, do homeschooling with him throughout the morning, then do my usual work and visits in the afternoon! That was until Steven started vomiting and vomiting and vomiting…
Despite my best efforts (I have three older sons who gave me a fair bit of practice), I couldn’t keep Steven hydrated enough. So it was off to see the doctor at the local hospital…then Steven was admitted overnight to the hospital so he could be on an IV drip. BLAH! All my plans went out the window.
The amazing thing is, a Thai Christian lady who we haven’t seen for over a year happened to be at the hospital and saw my son there. Another missionary was looking after him while I went home to get some clothes, etc, and when I got back, there they were, chatting. This lady had broken off ties with us for some never explained reason, but here she was amiably chatting and laughing with my colleague.
James 4:13-15 says, Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”
Truly, God works in amazing ways when we give his plans priority over our plans!