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When God interrupts our well-laid-out plans

Yesterday after church I had plans. About five small things I wanted to check off my list.

Just those little nagging things I’ve been wanting to get to. You know the ones.

Then I was hoping to have my decorating friend/ confidant over in the afternoon to see how our tiny bathroom redo (mostly just paint and my great shiplap wall) was coming along.

I got the one errand done I needed to get done and my son and granddaughter unexpectantly came into town (they live about forty minutes away) and we went out for coffee at Barnes and Noble. My husband joined us after he’d finished snowshoeing.

While we were having coffee, it was discovered my phone wasn’t working properly and I had missed some e-mails. One was really important. It was from one of my oldest friends and the news was not good. It had been sent Thursday and I had not seen it.

I would’ve have been so upset not to have known what was happening with her and her husband. Without my son’s unexpected visit, I might not have known how much they needed prayer.

So I came home and because I hadn’t taken my walk yet, I decided to make it a prayer walk. I’ve been wanting to read this book about the subject.

God has a lot to say about our plans. On the one hand, God tells us to make plans and then He seems to suggest elsewhere that we should say, “If God wills then we’ll………”

Two concepts that seem paradoxical to each other can both be true.

God is simply saying make plans while remembering that may choose to redirect us at any time. The point is to be able to recognize God’s voice and then to change course as needed.

As I walked, I started praying by asking God to heal them both. I prayed for wise doctors and nurses. I prayed his fever would come down and her a-fib would go away.

I prayed for the right medicine, for the right approaches. Sometimes I just said their names. Other times, I prayed scripture verses. Sometimes I reminded God of His promises. I walked forty minutes and I prayed forty minutes.

I love it when God interrupts my day and it’s so obvious why.

And another interesting tidbit……Guess what the sermon was this morning?


I mean, can it get anymore obvious than that?

God bless and have a great day.




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