A funny thing happened to me on the way to Kentucky. I was scheduled to do a three day seminar at a local church which would provide for our accommodations during those three days. My next stop, Atlanta, was 12 days away. We needed a place to stay until then so I called a lady whom I knew and asked if my husband and I could stay with her. She said, "Sure, come on down." Three days after we arrived she moved away!!!
Oh, of course , she brought us along, but there still happened to be a major problem. She was moving from a furnished house to an unfurnished one. This meant we had no table, no chairs, no t.v., no shower and no bed. Not even a telephone.
I learned a long time ago to travel with an air mattress, but I could not see us laying around the house, on our backs, all day long , for nine extra days.
When we travel to Mexico, I pray for indoor plumbing and hope the Lord realizes that air conditioning at my age is NOT a luxury but a life-sustaining necessity. But this was Kentucky! A phone and a chair , I consider absolutely mandatory! My first impulse was to head for īdem thar hillsī except that we would then have to stay in a hotel and that was not anywhere on our budget.
I was certain I had missed God! Especially since the remainder of my six week trip consisted of many more three and four day gaps apparently devoid of purpose. Had I truly allowed God to plan my itinerary?
Apparently I did. As furniture and other modern conveniences arrived intermittently, those 12 days, which appeared a colossal mistake, turned out to be the fullest, richest and most rewarding experience that I will treasure for a very long time to come. Our days were filled with divine appointments waiting at every turn. Something that can not occur when I zoom from one engagement to another. My other stops also held wonderfully delightful surprises. Literally dozens of additional people were touched by God and their lives eternally changed, all because I had the extra time and space to allow God to move in His way and in His timing.
Why is it that we doubt God has orchestrated the circumstances as soon as they donīt seem to unfold according to our specifications? We have such finite vision. We need a paradigm shift. It is God and only God that sees the whole picture.
To better illustrate my point I want to share the story of the mountain climber, who after years of preparation, decided to conquer the Aconcagua alone. As he was climbing a ridge , night fell, visibility became zero and he lost his footing and he slipped and fell. Falling rapidly, his life flashed before his eyes. He was certain he would die but moments later he was jolted to a full stop which almost tore him in half. He then remembered, that as he was trained to do, he had staked himself with a long rope tied to his waist. Suspended and dangling in the air he screamed, "GOD, HELP ME, PLEASE GOD, HELP ME!"
God replied, "Of course I will. Cut the rope."
At this point I think I would have asked, "Is there anybody else up there?"
The terrified climber clutched the rope even tighter. The next day the rescue team found him frozen to death, hanging strongly secured to the rope ........ TWO FEET OFF THE GROUND.
Do you place your trust in your rope and your plans, or do you trust God?
īFor I know the plans that I have for you sayeth the Lord. They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then shall you call upon me, and you shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And you shall seek me, and find me, when you shall search for me with all your heart."
If you pray and then obey His leading you can enter this New Year confident that God has your best interests at heart and that He is directing your every step.
Copyright Donna Martonfi www.psalm40ministries.com