Want a Guarantee?
…by Lisa Brittain
I have not the capability to guarantee much of anything in life. However, of this one topic I feel pretty confident of a guarantee…What I plan will change. And when I think for a moment I control my days, I’m guaranteed a lesson to confirm the opposite is true.
The plan I make today is highly likely to receive some type of change by tomorrow. Additionally, the more detailed my plan, I can guarantee a higher probability that a change will occur. Knowing this is routinely helpful as I am typically a big picture person.
For the most part I welcome change, which I find refreshing. (Don’t get me wrong. I’m not anti-plan. I welcome a detailed plan as long as someone else is in charge of the details. And I am exceedingly grateful for all the detailed planners in my life who help me find my way.)
Give thanks to the Lord , for he is good; his love endures forever. 1
Truly, we are able to look at the masterful design of our human bodies and recognize that change keeps the life blood flowing. I don’t understand how my heart muscle works, but I am grateful it forces CO2 out of my body to make room for rich oxygenated blood.
Looking to the creative design of God, I’m grateful for the changing tides of the ocean, as well as the many phases of the moon. The seasons change and create different landscapes and forms of beauty.
Each year, I look forward to the end of “school bus noise” which marks the beginning of summer break. Recently I welcomed that old familiar sound with a smile because…it’s time for a change. A new school year for many. For some, a time signifying a first or a last. Summer plans unfulfilled.
Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. 2
Yet with the change of seasons there is hope – always hope. Things change. I make plans, but hold them loosely. More so now than in days gone by. I hold out hope and trust in my heavenly Father that the illnesses and suffering of many I love will soon be changed to a life renewed by healing.
Change means refreshment. Healing. Repair. Restoration. And if you are called by the name of Jesus, change means life. His plans for us are good. He is for us. His love endures forever… even when we walk with Him through the valley of the shadow of death.
He is good and His plan is always perfect. Guaranteed!
Eyes on Jesus…you’re shining!
Lisa Brittain and her husband, Randy, live in Lilburn, Georgia, with their three puppies…Nole, Liberty, and Victor. Follow Lisa’s blogs and current events at EyesOnJesusAndShine . And check out her book, 31 Days of Gleaning with Ruth-Questioning My Way Through a Famine Season, available now on Amazon.com.
Footnotes : (1) 1 Chronicles 16:34 NIV; (2) Proverbs 19:21 CSB.
Pictures : School bus photo by Jeff Horwich, MPR News.