Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. (Proverbs 19v21)
Do you see these days as fruitful? Or are you waiting for better days to come?
I know I struggle to see the fruitfulness in these days of lockdown, and it can easily put me down. There is a lot of things I want to accomplish this year. As the days continue to trickle by in lockdown, it leads me to feel more unmotivated.
It is something I am trying to change as I try to see the purpose and goodness in each day. Even when I am not able to do what I was hoping to, my aim is to still work towards those goals.
I have been spending time in prayer because I believe in offering all of my life to God, as hard as it can be, to allow all areas to be His. I know in making decisions they come with a lot of preparation and discipline. I want to make sure I am allowing the Lord to guide me through it all. To allow God to show me what is for me and what is not.
I have been learning to pray, if the Lord is asking me to wait then He would give me the patience and the wisdom to slow down and be present in the situation I am in. On the other hand, when it is time for me to move forward; God would give me the confidence and the determination to push forward. To see the goodness in the struggle and the hardship. To appreciate the people who come along on the journey with me.
I easily grow complacent, but I know when I grow complacent; I get bored and tired easily. If I am constantly waiting for better days to come, I am going to waste a lot of beautiful and fruitful days. These may not be the days I hoped for, but they are not bad days either.
While there is still breath in my lungs, there is time be creative. There is time to love and grow in the relationships I have. There is time to see beauty even in the bleakness of a grey day.
For sure, there will be better days to come. I am learning to enjoy and be present in the day I have been gifted. It will not always be easy, but life is not.
Sometimes all my plans will come to nothing, I saw the reality of that last year. However, I did see the goodness of God; how he turned some of my biggest fears and worries round for His glory. For me, this Proverb is not just a piece of wisdom but a reality which has been firmly established in my life. I continue to learn when my plans come to nothing God has never left me stranded. God has been establishing His plan and purposes in my life. One of those blessings is ministry. As God teaches me, I am blessed to be able to share His truth with people.
I have often heard my Dad say, nothing is ever wasted. It is true. Sometimes the decisions we make will not be perfect; sometimes we will fall flat on our face. May we not allow failure or plans falling through to defeat us. May we allow our failures to become places of growth and lessons to learn. May we know redemption and grace from our Lord and Saviour. May forgiveness and grace be ours to extend to others around us. None of us are perfect, may we never put that expectation on people.
I finish by how I started, how are you choosing to perceive today? Are you still going to wait for better days to come? Or will you choose to see purpose and goodness in today?
God will be present in all our days; we need to choose to let Him in and allow our trust and obedience to be found in Him.
In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps. (Proverbs 16v9)