Things Did Not Go As Planned
Recently, one of our boys was having a bad night. Well, at least he felt like it was a bad night. Things weren’t going the way he wanted them to, and it was really frustrating him.
We pushed through “bummerville”, tucked the boys in bed, read the Bible, kissed them goodnight and prayed. And he went to bed thinking that life wasn’t going all that great. He even mentioned that the next day was probably not going to be so great either.
What he didn’t know was that we had already made fun plans for the next day that he was going to really enjoy. We had set activities up to do together as a family that were going to make his day great.
But he had no clue. He was so focused on how bad things looked at the moment that he wasnt thinking about the potential for a better tomorrow. He didn’t know that loving parents were making plans specifically to make his life great.
Not So Different
We’re not so different from sometimes. We forget that we have a Heavenly Father who loves us deeply, who has made plans for us… plans to prosper us and not to harm us, to give us future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11).
All we see is our current situation and how bleak life looks to us at the moment. We can hardly imagine a brighter, better tomorrow. We don’t envision a scenario in which our life goes from what seems difficult to what will be delightful.
Little do we know, our Father has set up activities specifically designed for our joy and pleasure. If we would just stop and ask Him, He might not give us all the details, but He might just tell us to cheer up because we are going to love what He has in store for us tomorrow.
Why not stop right here, right now and ask Him about tomorrow? It might take the edge off whatever has you discouraged today. Try it.
Father, I know You love us and have good things in store for us. Please help me to remember that even in the most discouraging times You have planned better days ahead for me. I trust You and look forward to what You have waiting. Amen!
There. That’s better.
Now, when your discouragement from today is swallowed up by the delight of tomorrow, I would love to hear your story!