"Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth." (Proverbs 27:1)
The year 2020 has vividly reminded us that we are not in control of our lives. Events have been canceled and our calendars turned upside down. We had plans and they were rearranged. A global pandemic continues and the Presidential Election approaches. Social unrest, wildfires, hurricanes, and a myriad of other tragic events threaten to overwhelm us. It is good to remember that Jesus told His disciples, "... In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)
Because we do not know how the events of tomorrow may radically change our lives, we should follow Christ's example when He said, "I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work." (John 9:4) Jesus taught the importance of focusing on accomplishing God's work - today! Even though planning is important, we cannot be distracted from this focus when our plans get changed.
I can think of several cases in both my personal life and our church ministry calendar where the "Plan B" of this year has been for the best. For example, Language Day had been scheduled for early April. Being rescheduled for the beginning of our "Reaching the Unreached" Missions Conference in September was absolutely perfect. More of our church family were able to participate and see firsthand what our children have been taught concerning specific people groups that do not have Scripture in their own language. It was also an encouragement to our missionaries and guest speakers.
What other positive situations or unique opportunities have been the direct result of working from home, distance learning, self-quarantine, or similar? A lot of people have suffered physically, emotionally, and financially during these recent days; but God's will and way continue to prevail. He remains sovereign above His creation in ways our finite minds cannot begin to imagine! "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." (Isaiah 55:9)
We can make plans for the future, but God controls the details. He alone will receive glory for all that He will accomplish. Thank Him and praise Him for that today!
Written by Paul Sallmen