Our lives sometimes become consumed with day to day routines. Urgency of schedules, commotion, the frenzied pace and interruptions, the unexpected, and noise keep us constantly occupied.
Here I am inviting you to stand still...for a moment. Take time to let the little things reach your consciousness. Actually ponder the moments. Breathe. Listen-to yourself, others...the Father's voice (log 8-26-10).
I have been standing still in my quiet time hoping to find a
place of peace with events, decisions, directions and plans in my life journey
at this moment in time. I delved into the Word looking for application and
perhaps encouragement and comfort for the future. However, as I stood still, I was directed to
This verse resounded in my mind and my heart:
“For I am going to do something in your days that you would
not believe, even if you were told.”Habakkuk 1:5
Going back to school as an “older” “very middle-aged”
student for a new career…
Moving half-way across the country away from family and
loved ones, and establishing “home”…
Finding joy after devastating loss…
These are just three of the events in life that I probably
would not have believed if I had been told as that inexperienced, filled with
idealism, younger version of me.
Standing still and thinking about just these three
“unbelievables” brings about revelation:
I most likely would’ve never chosen each of those forks in
the life’s road if left to having my own choice as to what would happen in my
Looking back, it is absolutely indisputable that I am
where I am supposed to be right now.Each of these life events has brought me experiences, perspectives, life
lessons, blessings, joys, and so much more that I would never otherwise have
The firm knowledge that I am His child.
A loving, strong, unbreakable marriage bond.
Amazing children with “unworldly” hearts.
Very special friends that have become God’s blessing of
“Home” in so many senses of the word.
“wealthy” (although not by worldly standards) beyond
I know I am who I am today because of the “unbelievable”
that was.I have priorities in life I
would otherwise not have had – as well as beliefs, values, and joy.
Even more humbling is evidence that God used these
experiences, my “unbelievables”, to His
purpose for others.
As I walk through today’s issues and concerns, I may miss
the hand of God at work at this moment – I may not understand how it’s all
going to come together – I might be somewhat fearful, tired, doubtful, uneasy
or just plain overwhelmed.Uncertainty
seems like the only certainty.I don’t
know what tomorrow holds.But, I do know
who’s holding tomorrow.I do know that I
am a beloved child whose Father knows best.In that, there is peace…. And comfort….. and encouragement.
1 Peter 5:7Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
know that in everything God works for good with those who love him.
Romans 8:37-39In all these things we are more than conquerors
through him who loved us. For I am sure that
neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present,
nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else
in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ
Jesus our Lord.
is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
It seems like a great deal of time is spent making plans:
to be where by when and how they get there and back.
How to get
things that need to be done, done by when they should be.
goals and plotting how to meet them.
Consider what the Word has to say about planning:
James 4:13-16“Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a
city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.’ Yet you
do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that
appears for a little while and then vanishes away. Instead, you ought to say,
‘If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.” But as it is, you
boast in your arrogance; all such boasting is evil.” Proverbs 27:1 "Do not boast about tomorrow, for
you do not know what a day may bring forth." Proverbs 16:9 "The mind of man plans his way,
But the LORD directs his steps."
Plotting a course of action.Having a strategy or a means to accomplish a task.
Planning is a necessary part of daily life for families,
individuals, work, and play.It’s a good
thing in general. But as I have been standing still with the concept of
planning several “life lessons” or truths come to light:
Nothing ever really goes as
Flexibility needs to be part of the
Often it is only AFTER an
experience, that we can understand God’s plan was different than ours … and
better.Or we may discover that the
plans we have made, the process we’ve gone through, the experiences we have are
really just preparation for something God had in store for us all along.
Now there’s a thought to stand still with...
Planning may become preparation for what God will call us to
Perhaps when it comes to making plans for goals we are
looking at, we need to keep in mind that we are actually preparing.
Preparing-equipping; girding; readying; strengthening;
training; laying the ground work… for His purpose.
Ephesians 2:10For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works,
which God prepared in advance for us
to do. 1 Peter 3:15But in your hearts, revere Christ as Lord.Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the
reason for the hope that you have. 2 Timothy 2:21Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for
special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work. Psalm 85:13Righteousness goes before him and prepares
the way for his steps.
Our plans are part of God's preparation for future service.
He will inform us of what service that will be when He is ready and He knows
that we are prepared and ready.
Let’s pray our plans, our preparation, are according to His