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God's plan for you may be different

Ever noticed how some children these days seem a little grabby? Yes, grabby - well, sometimes crabby too. Anyway, our momentum through life has picked up speed, and even grownups (speaking largely for myself) have taken to impulsive gestures in reaching out to grab what we want, whenever we can.

Instant gratification is the theme that echoes through our beings in response to the clamoring lure of the world, where we race against time to catch up with life.

"May I have a sip?" The request left my lips after my hand shot out to grab the glass of iced tea that had been poured not for me but for my husband. As I sipped the iced-cold beverage, my husband chuckled: "You already have ...." Presuming so upon the generosity of my husband's heart led me to contemplate the many ways in which we might presume upon God's mercy when we step out of His wisely orchestrated plan for us. Or worse, how we grumble and complain when "things" don't go as we have planned, forgetting to consider that maybe God has a better plan. "For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord.

"They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

But how often do we allow God to realize those wonderful plans He has just for us? Perhaps we could learn more of His ways and practice fewer of our own.

Many years ago, I worked for a man who explained why he had prudently learned to pay attention to his wife's godly intuition. He was scheduled to travel by air to a business conference. When his wife made an earnest plea for his change of plans, he cancelled his flight. The plane he would have boarded crashed. There were no survivors.

Do we impulsively reach for our credit cards when the desire strikes to take that extravagant vacation, regardless of how it might impact our financial status in the months to come? Or do we pray and wait, plan and prepare while seeking godly direction? I signed on the dotted line, when pressured to buy that time share, when all I intended was to leave the seminar with the brass bed. (I think the newer methods have been improved, as I do know people who are pleased with their time-share arrangements.) Might I have said, "Thank you very much, I'll go home and think about it?"

Of course, I was told that I would lose the precious opportunity for the dream of a lifetime; but when I crunched the numbers the following morning, I found that I had agreed to pay some astronomical figure over the following 20 years, plus interest, for an annual one-week accommodation in Switzerland; and how often would I be able to get there?

Pray and wait. It's a sensible habit to form, especially when we're racing against time to catch up with life, because yes, God most often has a better plan!

Dear God, you know my heart's desires and you know all of my needs. I pray to walk according to your plan to prosper me, just for today.

Amen

You may e-mail Ms. Wilson by visiting www.pensepublishing.com

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