Someone unexpected invited themselves to my church today. They asked me out of the blue if they could join me for Sunday School. I was pleasantly surprised. I used to have encounters like this all the time. People who didn’t even know me would ask me to pray for them… but that was a simpler time and well, truth be told, it’s been awhile. I say that it’s “out of the blue”, but I know that these encounters are divine- orchestrated by God so that these men and women can hear about Jesus. I may not see them coming, but God has them all planned out.
“The Glory Will Be Greater”, that is my theme for 2018 and I can already see this unfolding in my every day life. I feel like I am finally ready to get ready and do what God has been calling me to do. This encounter was merely confirmation that God is going to do great things this year, just not in the way I’d expect him to.
“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.”
How often do we make all these plans that are contrary to God’s purpose for our lives, when ultimately it’s his purpose that prevails? For me, these past 2 years have been just that. Sure, I wanted to do his will, but many times I struggled with discouragement, fear, doubt, etc., so I convinced myself that I simply was not able to. I convinced myself that I wasn’t ready and that it was okay to “hide out” in the meantime. Like Jonah, I ran from God’s calling, but we can’t hide from God and sooner or later we have to decide that “ready or not, here we come”. I don’t want these pleasant surprises to be distant memories- I want them to be every day occurrences.
This year, let your desire to fulfill God’s purpose be greater than all of the negative emotions we often feel when we step out in faith. Give him all of your plans and watch him do above what we can ask or think.
Stay tuned for more testimonies. 🙂