There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even
when we’re hemmed in with
troubles, because we know how troubles can develop
passionate patience in us, and how that patience
in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert
for whatever God will do next. In alert
expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling
shortchanged. Quite the contrary; we can’t round up
enough containers to hold everything God generously pours
into our lives through the Holy Spirit!
–Romans 5 verses 3 to 6</I>
Some things are beyond planning.
And life doesn’t always turn out as planned.
You don’t plan for a broken heart.
You don’t plan for a failed business venture.
You don’t plan for an adulterous husband;
Or a wife who wants you out of her life.
You don’t plan for an autistic child.
You don’t plan for spinsterhood.
You don’t plan for a lump in your breast.
You plan to be young forever.
You plan to climb the corporate ladder.
You plan to be rich and powerful.
You plan to be acclaimed and successful.
You plan to conquer the universe.
You plan to fall in love – and be loved forever.
You don’t plan to be sad.
You don’t plan to be hurt.
You don’t plan to be broke.
You don’t plan to be betrayed.
You don’t plan to be alone in this world.
You plan to be happy. You don’t plan to be shattered.
Sometimes if you work hard enough, you can get what you
want. But MOST times, what you
want and what you get are two
different things. We mortals plan. But so does God in the
heavens. Sometimes, it is difficult to understand God’s plans,
especially when His plans are not in consonance with ours.
Often, when God sends us crisis, we turn to Him in anger.
True, we cannot choose the cross that God
wishes us to carry, but we can carry that cross with courage
knowing that God will never abandon us
nor send something we cannot cope with. Sometimes,
God breaks our spirit to save our soul.
Sometimes, He breaks our heart to make us whole.
Sometimes, God allows pain so we can be stronger.
Sometimes, God sends us failure so we can be humble.
Sometimes, God allows illness so we can take
better care of ourselves.
Sometimes, God takes everything away from us
So we can learn the value of everything He gave us.
Make plans, but understand that we live by God’s grace.
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