“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3: 5-6
Don’t you just love it when you’ve got your entire day, or maybe even your entire week planned? Things seem to be going smoothly and you’re in “full speed ahead” mode! Suddenly, with little to no warning something happens to change those plans you had locked into your mind.
It happened to me on a Monday morning, I awoke with a terrible toothache. The entire left side of my face was in excruciating pain. I called my dentist office and was able to schedule an immediate appointment with him. With just a short exam, I was informed that I needed a root canal and a new crown! This was not welcome news!
The dreaded root canal was in my future!
I was also told that I might have extreme pain until the infection was gone. I thought to myself, “No, God, this was not in my plans for this week!” It was in that moment that I thought of these verses of scripture: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways, my ways”, declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55: 8-9.
Here’s the neat thing! At the dentist office, I was able to share my faith in Jesus Christ with two women, and prior to that, with a young woman at the grocery store. Had I stayed on my planned schedule, I would not have been at either place on that particular day.
There is no doubt that God rearranged my plans to allow me these three “divine appointments” that needed to be kept, even though it was not on my schedule. The neat thing—the pain subsided long enough for me to be able to share with these folks. Thank you, Jesus!
When we begin to feel concerned about the inconveniences life throws at us, perhaps we should remind ourselves that just maybe God is bringing this into our lives so that we will learn to more fully rely on Him and less on ourselves. He then can work in the lives of others by placing us in their path.
Divine interruptions are always a good thing for us, and others. We just have to recognize that truth. And, when we do, how comforting it is to know that God is always working in our lives, even though we cannot see the big picture.