Have you ever noticed how your plans are often interrupted? It can be frustrating, but it helps to remember the times that you had a need and someone changed their plans to help you. Further, we need to realize that the Lord is in control and He is coordinating things according to His plan.
Proverbs 16:9 reads: In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.
We must remain flexible because we see only a part of the picture while the Lord sees the entire picture. The following quote inspires me and steps on my toes at the same time.
We must be ready to allow ourselves to be interrupted by God, who will thwart our plans and frustrate our ways time and again, even daily, by sending people across our path with their demands and requests. We can, then, pass them by, preoccupied with our important daily tasks, just as the priest - perhaps reading the Bible - passed by the man who had fallen among robbers. When we do that, we pass by the visible sign of the Cross raised in our lives to show us that God's way, and not our own, is what counts. ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Bonhoeffer was no stranger to interruptions to plans. A German pastor and author, he sacrificed his own comfort by resisting the Nazis. He left his plan to follow God's plan and it led his arrest and execution by Hitler's forces. He is one of my heroes.
Father, help us to be aware and sensitive to the needs of others. Give coaches your eyes to see the needs of their players and give each player the ability to see the heart-felt needs of each of his/her teammates. Remind us when our plans change, to ask You if you are redirecting our steps. Help each of us be your hands, feet, and heart and seek not only to have our needs met, but the needs of others also. In Jesus Name, amen.
Posted on Fri, February 28, 2014
by Kerry O'Neill filed under