Boasting About Tomorrow

13 Now listen, you who say,
“Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.”
14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life?
You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.
15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”
James 4:13-15

 

Sorry I am posting late this morning but summer is supposed to be low key and relaxed right?

Anyway, we got unpacked from a week away, had our two-year-old grandson over, that took more out of us than an entire week of biking, hiking, and boating!

Just yesterday I started fertilizing and weeding the flowerbeds again, and next comes house-cleaning. Reality sets in again.

We can’t be on holidays every day, can we now?

However, yesterday my husband and I were discussing plans we have for some future endeavours.

We all do that, don’t we? We have to plan and set goals, right? If we live ambivalently with no direction, we lose hope.

So here’s the thing: we have to plan and always add on a “Lord willing.”

I was at a celebration recently where someone spoke about their plans presumptuously. It seemed to me there was a “Lord willing” / D.V. missing. That person was a seasoned Christian.

I am not judging. I do the same sometimes. But I took note. Reminded myself not to be so presumptuous.

We discussed our goals and plans and later prayed about it, adding on a “Deo volente.”

“Deo volente” is a Latin term that is conditional. Conditional on God’s will.

We all need to remember this term that is so uncommon today.

As I thought these Bible Verses through, it made me appreciative of how God actually blesses our plans as we ask Him for His will.

We experienced that when we moved to Niagara Ontario, twenty-two years ago, June 28th.

Nothing seemed right until we asked God for His help, His will, and His plans.

Now our hearts overflow in gratitude for where He has led us.

What about you? Have you experienced the same thing? Does God add His blessing as you consult Him with your plans, your goals, your everything?

Or perhaps you seem stuck in life? Nothing seems to run smoothly. Too many snags, loopholes, and round bouts along the way…? That is possibly the times we lean on ourselves for all the answers?

I have had times where I didn’t ask God for His will, His direction, and His plans. We all do that sometimes.

We go our headstrong way and make our own plans, and it backfires immensely.

Sometimes, as we wait upon God for His will, we will have to wrestle it out in prayer and wait. Often the wait can be long. Are we willing to wait upon God?

On one occasion in my life it took eight years to end the wrestling out. I had to submit to God’s will in everyway and when I finally did that, He answered my eight year long prayer request.

Sound dumb to you?

Never.

God’s will is best.

God’s will blesses.

God’s will should always be our will.

“Deo volente”, I will get my gardens weeded today.

What are you doing today?

D.V.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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