September 12, 2011

First Day, God's Way!

It's the first day of school for our family today!  Lessons are prepared, routines and schedules posted on the fridge, pencils sharpened, hopes for success and fun in learning are high.

Yesterday we celebrated the end of summer by going mini golfing.  On our way, though, we were rear ended and had to postpone for just a bit to get the claim submitted to the insurance and talk with the midwife-on-call to make sure I didn't need to head to the ER.

Life never goes exactly how we plan, does it?  Seems like there's always on interruption or another, now matter how well we line up our little ducks in rows.

Reminds me of this verse:

Many are the plans in a man's heart,
but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails.
Proverbs 19:21

As the fall has or is cranking up for you, perhaps you too have goals for your family, home, work, etc.  I LOVE new beginnings and the "fresh start" feeling that comes with them.  But I can quickly get wedded to my plans and frustrated when they're not going "my way."  God's Word in those times doesn't tell us to stop planning or setting goals (there are a lot of Proverbs about living wisely, tending to your business diligently, and not being lazy), but it does remind us WHO is ultimately in control.

For some reason, God saw fit to add into our first day of school a trip to the shop with the car, to the rental agency for a substitute vehicle, and to the midwife to hear the baby's heartbeat and maybe get my Rogham shot earlier than expected.  And we'll also have two phone interruptions so I can tell State Farm and Nationwide my side of the accident story for the insurance claim.

I had such a lovely, neat, little schedule planned for our first day, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails.

Perhaps you too find your life inconveniently interrupted today.  What a great opportunity to pause and remember that the Lord has plans for you far better than your own.  He's working on us, disciplining us, that we may share in His holiness, friends!  That is good news ... and it can get us through life's bumps with a whole lot of grace and growth.

Have a good Monday, whatever it may bring!

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