For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
~ Jeremiah 29:11
Today seems to be "one of those days."
While it is Monday, and the time changed yesterday, and my body seems to still believe it to be one time, as well as my dog who suddenly doesn't realize that the time to go on the morning walk has suddenly changed by an hour.
I am reminded that God always has a plan. Now let me say this now, "I don't believe that God has a plan for when bad things happen."
You see, we still battle with this thing called, "choice."
Some would say it is an amazing gift. Over the years I have thought about just how much heart ache this has caused the One who created us, and this world that we seem to be set on making a mess of. (Okay, enough cynicism this morning!)
Somewhere in the midst of the choices that some have made to do harm to others, or to themselves, I have to hope that God has a plan for "what next."
You see, I learned a long time ago that God doesn't sit back and wait for us to mess up. It is a given. However, every decision that we make is often filled with options. What we decide to do with a situation depends on our decision.
I sure wish that I heard more people proclaiming that they are doing something because they felt "called by God to do this." I can see how this might create some moments of feeling uncomfortable for some, but imagine how different the world would be if people actually listened to that still small voice calling to us, and loud voice that often invades our brains!
Perhaps today's reflection isn't filled with emotional convictions and illustrations that cause us to stop and think, instead it is simply this... God has a plan for each of us, and have we taken the time to consider what that plan looks like?
While the times have literally changed, and perhaps we have too, but God is still patiently present waiting on us.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2017
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.