Mostly we keep track of our schedules on a calendar, in a data minder or day timer. There have been weeks when there was little white space around the things written on my schedule. Just looking at it can be overwhelming.
It’s good to have structure and a plan but when that structure or plan interferes with what God wants to do in the moment the structure and plan have to go. “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.” (i) “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.”(ii)
How flexible are you?
There are times when we can “plan” caring for and serving others. Mrs. Jones needs a meal after coming home from the hospital. Bobbie Smith needs help with her children while she goes to the doctor. Mr. Parks is lonely and needs a visit. These are all great and important to do, but sometimes in the midst of our plans God brings someone across our path that He has ordained there at that moment for us to minister to.
You have a packed schedule today from the time you get up to the time you crash back into bed tonight. There is barely enough time for lunch (but surely you find time for THAT!) As you are rushing out of Kohl’s where you picked up a present, there on the bench outside is a woman sobbing. She’s alone and obviously terribly upset. You glance at your watch – you have to get to the grocery store before picking up the kids from school. You glance around and see no one taking notice of this poor woman. What do you do? What would you say? You know God is prompting you to extend His care for this woman.
It’s good to have a plan but when God intervenes in your plan – it’s time for a mid-course correction because God has a different plan. God has a better plan. God has a plan to make His name famous today as you care and show His love for this woman.
Caring for others always trumps our plans.
Keep your eyes open today to see what God is up to and just waiting for you to join Him.
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” (iii) Exciting.
Diane Hunt served for 16 years on the staff of America’s Keswick until recently when she and her husband relocated to North Carolina. She now continues serving as a contributing writer and Partner Care consultant. Diane is also a Biblical Counselor, speaker, teacher, and author. She delights in the opportunities she has as a women’s conference and retreat speaker to share from God’s word. Many of her illustrations are drawn from her relational experiences as a wife, mother, and mema. They are the very relationships that bring her the greatest joy and the most fun!
i Proverbs 19:21
ii Proverbs 16:9
iii Ephesians 2:10