Monday, August 26, 2013

August 26, 2013 … My Plans – God’s Plans

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2013 - Day 238

Devotional Song: Go to this link ...  Please take in this poignant and pertinent song sung by Alison Krauss, leading in worship and singing the old hymn Be Thou My Vision, encouraging us to make the Lord’s way our vision rather than seeking our way in life. … And then, with this link ... please take in the song, written and performed by Laura Story, entitled Be Thou My Vision, which help us to realize that many times the tragedies of life can be some of God’s greatest blessings in reshaping our lives.

Highlight meditation passage – Proverbs 19: 21- [NLT]:  
21 You can make many plans, but the LORD’s purpose will prevail. 

Reference Passage #1: Proverbs 3: 5-6 [Faith in action is God’s witness to the world!] … [NLT] …  
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will direct your paths.

My Journal for Today: Today in my workplace devotional, by Os Hillman, he told the story of Samuel Morse, whom you may know of as the father of my digital blogging today or other many other devices which we now use daily, like texting or emailing. All of them were off-shoots and advances in the electronic telegraph, which Morse invented in 1837. We also know his name from the development of “Morse” code which he developed along with the telegraph to send messages more efficiently; … and now many of us do our own “Morse coding” by shortening our language when we text with abbreviations like “THX” or “LOL” or “BFF.” So, we can “THK” Samuel Morse for things we do so casually to communicate our ideas these days.

But I didn’t know, until Hillman told Morse’s story today, that Samuel Morse wanted to be an artist; and had even gone to France to paint and reflect on his life after a series of personal tragedies. But on his trip back from France in casual conversations, Morse picked up the idea for using electricity to send coded messages; and we now know that the telegraph and Morse coding resulted from that, … which then evolved into many of the forms of communications we use right now to communicate.

Wouldn’t you agree, as Alison Krauss and Laura Story sing (linked above), that many of the U-turns or redirections in life are created by God allowing the challenges of life to reshape our life directions or plans? Today’s biblical references to Proverbs 19: 21 or 3: 5-6 above, cry out the truth that God’s plans are HIS plans and many times in life God’s planning must be brought about in our lives by the interruptions or redirections from our own planning and choices.

And I’d almost bet right now you’re thinking of some event or roadblock or mountain you had to climb in life which took you to a redirection changing your life planning in some major way. That’s certainly the case for yours truly; because when I look back over the course or path of my life, I can see quite a few times when the directions of my life were forged by situations or circumstances that were way beyond my choosing; … and those paths, which led me from atheism to faith, … from addiction to sex to addiction to God’ word, … and from self-destruction to Savior discipleship, all were led by a God who cared much more about loving me than allowing me to make selfish choices which would ultimately lead me down Satan’s paths in life.

So, don’t let the difficulties or tragedies of life con you into thinking that God doesn’t care. God is in the reshaping and redirecting business in your life, just as He was for Samuel Morse; and sometimes it may take a tragedy or trial or test in our life to help us stay on God’s course in life rather than allowing us to keep on heading on our own chosen way, which God knows will be a spiritual disaster if we were to continue down that selfish path.

Go back and listen to those songs linked above again; and see if they don’t get you to realize that God only wants us to follow His paths, … in HIS timing, … and in HIS way; and only because He loves us so much.

My Prayer for Today … Lord, AGAIN … I’m following You today; … no matter where You lead me. … Amen

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