Gail Rodgers Sharing the Journey

The Daily Walk Part 16 - Where is my Day Planner?

The engine made a strange sound and then my van coasted to a stop. It would not start. I had appointments to get to and a busy day ahead of me. I waited anxiously for the tow truck. What an annoying interruption! Probably a costly one too!

By noon I was back home, my van was in for major repairs and the tight schedule on my Day Planner was in disarray.

As I walked to the mailbox it occurred to me that God was aware of this change in my day. I talked with Him as I walked. “Lord, this is not what I had planned today. There is a list on my kitchen counter of things needing done at home too but…I wonder…do You have something in mind that You want me to do right now?”

My neighbor popped into my mind.” I should go see her”, I thought. Then I wondered, “Is that God telling me to or just my own thoughts?”

I thought about it…if it was God then He had an agenda. If it was just my thoughts than I would have a quick cup of tea and get back to my “to do” list.
I walked over and knocked. My neighbor nearly fell into my arms for a hug! She was going through a very difficult time. We had tea. We talked and cried and I prayed with her before I left.

As I walked home my heart sang. What a lesson! God knew my neighbor needed a hug today and He let me be His hands and arms. I knew He had brushed aside the busy plans on my Day Planner because He had something He needed done. My plans were good ones…but His plan to touch a heart was better.

As I headed up my driveway I felt good…and I realized there was a fulfilled feeling within my heart that no amount of check marks on that “to do” list could have ever come close to. God reminded me of a verse in the Bible…

“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10

prayer & reflection

Father God,
Today I place my Day Planner in Your hands. You know all the things I think must get done. But I want to do the stuff You have prepared for me to do. You have made me a unique package in order to accomplish what You created me to do. I know therein lies the fulfillment I long for. May my heart be quick to respond to Your quiet nudgings to do things I might not have penciled in. Replace my breathless running with the quiet confidence that You can be trusted with my Day Planner… and with my life. Thank you.
In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.