A 21 Day Spiritual Journey: Day 8

“The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.” ― Søren Kierkegaard

“The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.”
― Søren Kierkegaard

God always gives us exactly what we need, even if we don’t think we need it. Our acceptance or rebellion against God’s plans take nothing from God. Such decisions only make pleasant or painful our journey through the adventure of life.

Yesterday Winter Storm Helen kept our office closed and this wrinkly pastor working from home. I had lots of time to catch up on the prayer I had missed from the day before (in between shoveling ops of course).

God knew I needed time to catch my breath. I’m sure he giggled (if God giggles) as he saw me use my breath-catching-time to plan out today to the minute. “Man plans God laughs” Liza Minnelli said. I think He has good reason. He truly knows what’s coming and how many of our plans are going to come to be.

Now I’m not against planning. I shudder to think what would happen to me if I didn’t plan.

my life with no agenda

my life with no agenda

But I am learning that my planning is not  God’s planning even when I ask God to guide me in my planning. He refuses for His own reasons to show me everything that is coming. Maybe He just likes me to be surprised. More than likely it’s the only way He can build my faith. Whatever the reason, I am learning to make my plans and be ready to chuck them in favor of his.

Today I arrived with my lists in tow. A man was waiting in our lobby. He wanted to meet with a pastor. After I stowed my snow boots, my 16 bean soup, and my agenda I sat down with him. I missed a planned prayer meeting  a writing session and two scheduled phone calls. The man gave his heart to Jesus. HALLELUJAH THE JOURNEY IS DOING ITS JOB!

I think I’m going to be praying for more divine interruptions and the heart to recognize them when they come.

Now I’m off to do the things on my list in the timing God apparently intended all along.

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14 thoughts on “A 21 Day Spiritual Journey: Day 8

  1. Praying too that we recognize the opportunities He places before us to allow us to see His priorities as we work our lists. LORD You are our priority and we ask You to keep our focus on you and not our list. The list keeps us on track but it, as all things are shaped by Your will.

  2. I am a planner – a goal setter – with ‘to-do’ lists. Of course, all MY plans were often re-prioritised as other needs (God’s plans) became evident. The important thing in planning and ‘to-do’ lists is to remain open to the voice of Holy Spirit and to heed HIS plans above our own.

    I found this an essential when so wrapped in long hours of ministry, but I still do it. Since it is no longer a daily, on-going occurrence, I sometimes tend to forget to listen for HIS voice and continue on my own course.

    Thank you for this reminder.

    • I call upon the Lord as I plan the to do list and then as I walk through the day and He reveals the twists I could not see I change it up as He commands. PLanning with flexibility! 🙂

  3. Franklin Graham once said, “Always leave ‘God room.'” Love that song by Brandon Heath, sing along loudly in the car. 😉 With the windows tightly closed.

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