Anywho...plans. My plans have seemed to be changing a lot lately and I don't like it. It feels as though God, who is far wiser than I am, has decided to tweak me. I don't like that either. It's annoying, it's frustrating, it hurts my flesh, my pride, my sense of control. Why does my Lord, in his infinite wisdom feel the need to change my plans on such a consistent basis?
"For those whom the Lord loves He disciplines, and He scourges every son whom He receives." Hebrews 12:6 NASB
"Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials..." James 1:2
I don't know about you, but that's not very encouraging. We as believers like to gloss over the hard stuff, but the Bible is full of hard stuff. It's also full of the love story God has for us, but a lot of hard stuff too. I don't know why life can't just happen the way I plan more often; heck, I'd be happy with 60% of the time, but that's just life. Perhaps I'm being "driven and tossed by the wind" (James 1:6) but...I don't know.
Maybe I'm just being ungrateful. Yes, finances are tight, but we have a regular paycheck. Yes, my kids make me crazy sometimes, but consider the picture of the the little boy from Syria in the back of the ambulance. Yes, there's a lot of housework that hasn't got done, but we have a home to live in.
I don't know, I guess I'm just whining. I'm frustrated because all the things I wanted done this summer didn't happen and it's time for school to start again. School was supposed to start today as a matter of fact, but we all got really sick these past few days and I can still hear my pulse in my ears. I'll leave you with this: "Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him." James 1:12
|The moon over the water at sunset|