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Our plans vs. God's plans

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It's interesting to think about our plans vs. God's plans. I usually envision Jesus just chuckling at our frail attempts to plan every detail of our lives. These days have thrown us all for a huge curveball. 

A week ago, my daughter and her finace should have had their college graduation commencement ceremonies. In the same college, walking together, launching into their new lives. "Postponed" till August for now, if that works out. My son's Wedding was tomorrow (Sat). Months of preparation, the dress, the flowers and the day after we visited the caterer for a tasting for the reception meal, the stay at home order was put in place. Vendors contacted us, we them, and hope for a date later this year. My Granddaugher's 1st Birthday this past week was held over a "zoom call" with Grandmas and Grandpas, Aunts & Uncles,  cousins and friends who should have been here squeezing the love out of her little pink cheeks and showering her with gifts in boxes that she liked better than the gifts. Ha!

I'm fine with staying at home, helping flatten the curve, caring for my own family, trying to keep them safe and well so someone else doesn't have to. My heart is breaking for the job loss and stress and worry that is causing. Most of all, the heartbreak of loss of life. You would think there would have been a switch to flip so everything could run along smoothly in the world, while we took precautions to prevent spread of this virus. I'm not a doctor or scholar, so I don't engage in much back and forth of what is correct and what is not. It's crazy to be witnessing this first hand.

Be kind to the others around you and help and love them how you can. If you need help, someone to talk to, etc., don't hesitate to reach out to friends, family and those around you. When you talk to someone via phone or online or in person, just like before, you may not know what kind of day they've had. Be sensitive, some of the trials of life go on without knowing or caring we are trying to deal with this virus, too. It surely doesn't seem fair to have to think about or deal with one more thing. Talk to your kids, hug your kids, for a long time. Think about their social media use and consider a different kind of monitoring or engagement. They can't get together with their friends like normal. Ask them who they are talking to, and how they are. Ask about their parents. Suggest they check on friends they may not have heard from in a while.

I like the saying "we are all in the same storm, but we are not in the same boat." (I think that's how it goes, correct me if I'm wrong please!). We are all handling this in different ways. What a moment in history to be in the word and recall every bible study you've ever done. Beth Moore, are you there? ha! Shoot I hope she's writing one during or for these times! Watching church online in the comfort of our own homes, gathered together, some of us 2 or more (or more!), and He is with us there. Depending on what you believe, for example. does the Lord let this happen because he wants to see us slow down and not even leave home to engage in worship or hearing His message?)

Just some thoughts, and I get too busy to engage in a lot of research or study. But I feel there is so much to be learned during this time. Let me know what plans you've had that have had to be changed?

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christianmom,

I have experienced some of the same concerns, and changes with events (graduations, birthdays, weddings, Mother’s Day, vacations, etc.) that we had planned, or scheduled. We will now have to postpone, passed by, wait, and/or be scaled down.

I am all for flattening the curve,  and doing my part to actively be concerned, and I love sharing my God's given gifts, with helping others who are not sick, sick, who had loss of life (socially, spiritually, physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially, drained). Also, it has taken a toll on trust in governments, politically, communities, and systems, as well as on some individuals, families, and friends, and you name it, etc.

You are so right when you said be kind to others. The bible tells us to be a friend, show yourself friendly, listed below are a few words from God, written in His Word.

  1. Friends are faithful.  “Friends love through all kinds of weather, and families stick together in all kinds of trouble.” (Prov. 17:17 [MSG]).

  2. Friends polishes each other. You use steel to sharpen steel, and one friend sharpens another. (Pro. 27:17 [MSG]).

  3. Friends are all in it together. “Bless your enemies; no cursing under your breath. Laugh with your happy friends when they’re happy; share tears when they’re down. Get along with each other; don’t be stuck-up. Make friends with nobodies; don’t be the great somebody.” (Rom. 12:14-16 [MSG]).

Friends can mean family, relative, sisters or brothers, neighbors, or just other humans. I believe we are for sure learning lessons in this situation God is teaching us a lot about ourselves, as human beings, Christians, and relationships.

He spoke these words in the lesson of the fig tree, “32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: 33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. 34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. 35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. 36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” (Matt. 24::32-36 [KJV]).

The Witnesses are:  (Mark 13:28-31; Luke 21:29-33).

Great topic.

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