Had a nice morning at church although for a time I thought I was heading home with little boy and would have to catch the sermon online instead. He was having a meltdown as he was worried about the mama goats having their babies while we were gone and having trouble. (No babies have arrived so far.) Tim could not get him to calm down at all so he came to get me as he had to stay today to be with our daughter. I went out and told Isaac we were going to go get his Bible from the classroom and head home. That stopped him short and through his tears I heard, "Why?" I answered and we kept walking. By the time we got to the building he was saying "But I want to be in there with the others." I gave him one more chance to pull it all together by sending him to the bathroom. Isaac did come out calmer and said he could do it. I did get him back in his class and the next time I saw him (2 hours later) he was just fine. It's not usually me that can talk him out of a meltdown so that offered hope that I can reach him sometimes.
I was in worship alone again this week since Tim was with Maegann as she worked with the missions thing in kids church. I had seen the two "lead bullies" come into church so I thought "Yeah! No issues!" but she came out very down. I did get her to admit she was mad at herself because she had worried about it for a week and then nothing happened. Praying her counselor will use that on Wednesday as they had already discussed how most of the time we make things worse for ourselves by worrying over things that never happen.
Have enjoyed just being home this afternoon and not having to think about heading out for Bible quizzing. Had thought about attending the church meeting tonight but since we aren't members don't care to be around for the voting.
Tomorrow: co-op day and The Biggest Loser finale!
"I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." (Jeremiah 29:11)
In spite of our best-laid plans, we all experience being broadsided by the unexpected and the unwanted. To what degree does the divine master plan figure into our experiences? In fact, what is a divine master plan?
The Bible clearly states that God does, indeed, have a plan for each of us. We are not creatures wandering haphazardly from point A to point B. We are told that this plan is designed to give us a future and a hope. The degree to which we can mess up the divine master plan with poor choices or disobedience is a matter of some debate. But I do know this about the divine master plan: God created the plan to show His love for us, not His judgment of our mistakes. His plan offers forgiveness when we need it, encouragement when we feel weak, and clarity when we don't see clearly.
If you've ever thought you have blown it too badly for God to love you, forgive you, or make anything out of your life, remember: Not only are you a divine treasure, you are one for whom God has a plan -- a plan that will give you a future and an hope.
(Marilyn Meberg "The Decision of a Lifetime")