On most of my blog posts I will spend an hour or more praying and getting the thoughts and wording just right. Occasionally it will take a couple of hours. This morning I started a blog post and within the first 10 minutes it was obvious to me that God was doing something more – – that He had bigger plans for today’s blog. I have been looking for some clear direction for Sunday’s sermon and I think I got it. We will see.
As for now, this morning I am going to Pennsylvania to help Diane at her parents’ for a little bit so this is a quick lesson to share, but I definitely feel like I am supposed to share it. I titled today’s blog, “When God has bigger plans”. Then I thought how silly that sounds. God always has bigger plans. The Scriptures tell us that He sees everything at once. He already knows about vaccines, deaths, and miraculous recoveries relating to this pandemic. He knew of this pandemic at the moment of creation when He said “Let there be light” and created the sun!
Another important thing to remember is that nothing goes to waste. Just as He told the disciples to gather up the leftover fishes and loaves so that none went to waste, nothing He allows during this pandemic is just by chance. No pain is pointless. No illness is inconsequential. No loss or loneliness is senseless. He is doing something. He is always doing something. Whatever your prayer, whatever your need, whatever your suffering, God has great and big plans to teach you, mold you, and draw you close enough to hold you. Knowing this, I pray you can bring yourself to proclaim, “Blessed be the Name of the Lord” today.
Blessed be Your name
On the road marked with suffering
Though there’s pain in the offering
Blessed be Your name ~ Matt Redman