Sometimes, what you need is already there waiting for you. Today was one of those times for me. I got up, changed out dishes, did some laundry and grabbed a devotional I was given as a gift this year. You see, a good friend and co-worker, Brian, bought me the devotional, Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young. It seems he knew I was going to need the encouragement offered by this devotional.
Today, I read the first line and it was as if Christ Himself was speaking directly to my heart. “I am able to do far beyond all that you ask or imagine.” I stopped, took a deep breath and read it again and read the 2nd line. “Come to Me with positive expectations, knowing that there is no limit to what I can accomplish.” It was at this point my eyes starting leaking and I couldn’t read more for a bit.
Monday, Jesse and Brittany had an appointment with a maternal and fetal specialist. While there, it was discovered that one of the babies is experiencing some difficulties. The doctor wasn’t really sure what caused these difficulties but we’re now in a wait, pray and see pattern. Actually, we’re in a pray, wait, pray, wait, pray and see pattern. I have been pouring my heart out to God multiple times a day, asking for His will, His healing, His protection on these little grandbabies of ours and of the hearts of our son and daughter-in-law. And then….
Then I continued reading. “Ask My Spirit to control your mind, so that you can think great thoughts of Me. Do not be discouraged by the fact that many of your prayers are yet unanswered. Time is a trainer, teaching you to wait upon Me, to trust Me in the dark. The more extreme your circumstances, the more likely you are to see My Power and Glory at work in the situation. Instead of letting difficulties draw you into worrying, try to view them as setting the scene for My glorious intervention. Keep your eyes and your mind wide open to all that I am doing in your life.”
And there it was. Two weeks ago a co-worker bought and delivered this devotional. Two weeks ago he had no idea what God was doing in our lives. Two weeks ago we had no idea what God had planned to start our year. BUT, God knew exactly what He had planned. A plan to bring many to our knees in prayer for two precious little ones who have the power to change the world.
I don’t believe in circumstances. I believe in God ordained moments….moments planned to bring Him glory and bring us to a point of experiencing His grace and mercy as never before. And sometimes, what you need has been sitting right in front of you all along.
*Scripture references for today’s devotional were: Ephesians 3:20-21, Romans 8:6, Isaiah 40:30-31 and Revelation 5:13.