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A few weeks ago I hosted my annual end-of-the-year Sunday School Class Party.  After spending many hours and lots of $$$ preparing for the party, things did not go as planned.

 

1.  Had Ginny (The Mother-in-law, but I knew this one).

2.  Wednesday before the Friday night party, I get a text from my son saying he and his entire family were coming for the weekend and arriving Friday afternoon.  That’s 2 adults and 4 grandkids added to the mix.

3.  Drama.  I don’t know what happened yet, but some kind of drama happened in youth group [I know that surprises all who know youth] on Wednesday and half the group did not show as a result.

4.  Some of the ones that did show did not want to participate in planned activities.  Grandchildren wanted to participate in ALL the activities.

5.  Isn’t that enough?

You know what?  Life is that way sometimes.  No matter what we plan, God is in control of what happens.  He knew all about what would happen at the party.  He is in charge of any results from the party.  I did my part by planning, God will do His part in the hearts of the students and others attending.

 

Best laid plans. . .

Most of us like to have a plan in place.  Plans help us feel ‘in control’ of our lives.  They do, that is, until things go awry.  I know some people who freak out when they have their plans usurped.   I know others who make no plans to avoid disappointment.  God doesn’t mind us making our plans, as long as we don’t leave Him out of the loop or raise a fuss when He has other ideas.

 

Trusting His plan gives life balance

His Plan.

Fortunately, God has a plan.  These are some things we can know about His plans.

 

►His plans never fail.

“…I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, 10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:” Isaiah 46:9-10

 

►His plans include my good.

“11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Jeremiah 29:11

 

►No matter who governs me or my country, God is my ultimate ruler.

“For the kingdom is the Lord’s, and He rules over the nations” Psalm 22:28

Knowing the above, I feel safe, even when my plans go awry.  I trust that God had a purpose in it all, and that He will carry that purpose out, whether I am aware of it or not.  I think we need a reminder of this, especially as those in the USA face the upcoming election.  No one can get in office unless God allows it for His reasons.  This helps me to know that:

 

►A person cannot cheat his/her way in.

►It’s not the end of the world if my candidate is not selected.  It is in God’s plan, and the end of the world will be when He declares it.

►I don’t have to be swayed by circumstances.  I know who has me in His hands regardless of the circumstances.  I know Him.  I trust Him.  That determines my attitudes and actions, not circumstances.

 

I hope as the world seems to have turned upside down, you will place your trust in the only place where it is safe.  Then I hope you will join me in determining to rise above the fray and bring a breath of fresh air into a sticky situation.  My hope is in God, not Obama or Romney.

 

How about you?  I’d love to hear your thoughts. 🙂

 

 

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Super Granny?

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Draw it for me Grandma

I often draw super heroes for Roland.  In general, I have to have a picture or something to look at.  Roland wanted Iron Man tonight.  I have no idea what Iron Man looks like, so I told him I would have to have a picture.  He disappears with a crayon and a piece of paper.  Soon I hear, “Yup, that’s it.  That’s Iron Man.”   He brings me the drawing and says, “Here you go grandma.”  Needless to say, Grandma had a little bit of trouble drawing Iron Man from Roland’s drawing.  I’m quite impressed by it, but still.  So we looked him up on the computer and I printed one out that he took instead of a grandma drawing (whew!).

Once again, I find myself thinking of the innocence of children.  Roland had no doubt whatsoever that Grandma could perform the task.  She’s Super Grandma, after all!   Do we still think of God in this way?  God can do anything!

“…with God all things are possible.”  Matthew 19:26b

“For with God nothing shall be impossible.”  Luke 1:37

“Is any thing too hard for the LORD?”  Genesis 18:14a

“…Is my hand shortened at all, that it cannot redeem? or have I no power to
deliver? behold, at my rebuke I dry up the sea, I make the rivers a wilderness:
…”   Isaiah 50:2a

But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!”  Matthew 8:27

“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in
heaven and in earth.”  Matthew 28:18

“Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.”  Hebrews 7:25

Those are but a few of the many that tell us about the strength and power of God in all three forms of the Trinity.  I have personally seen His power many times.  I know He will never fail (unlike Grandma).  So do you trust Him?  Completely and totally like a child?  Or do you make Him prove Himself repeatedly, forgetting what He’s done before, forgetting who He is?

A friend and I were having a conversation recently.  She was talking about how someone had told her when she keeps bringing up old sins, she’s crucifying Jesus all over again.  This applies here too.  When we say, “I trust you. I don’t trust you.”  We’re flipping and flopping and not really trusting at all.  It is only when we fully trust that God can do anything and will do anything He said He would, that we can fully trust Him.  I think the question is this:  Do you believe or do you not? 

What do you think?

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