Today’s Scripture:  That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory. 1 Peter 1:78


Awhile back, my wife was going through our closet and found a big cardboard poster of the deck that I built. I had used graph paper and scaled it, and I thought it had turned out quite well. “What do you want me to do with this?” she asked.

Well, I think we should frame it,” I replied.

I won’t tell you all of her response to my idea, but this portion got me thinking: “Honey your art is not this poster; your art is in the back yard. The deck is what’s important. Go outside with a cup of coffee and enjoy the real thing. Don’t worship the plans.”

Often, we make plans for our lives and think everything would be just as it should be if only all of the pieces of our perfect blueprint would come together. However, our finite minds cannot comprehend that God is building a wonderful structure with His grand master plan. We are unable to see the final result. However, from His vantage point, He can see where to place each of us, when to allow trials into our lives to help us grow, and when to give us times of refreshment and blessing.

Usually, His plans do not line up with what we imagine for our lives. In fact, sometimes they are completely the opposite. I am sure that if the wooden planks which were being screwed together to construct my deck had anything to say about where I had placed them, there would be no deck. Enduring all the shuffling about, the screws being driven in, and the seeming lack of a plan would make each board pained and confused. No one wants to endure hardship, but without those screws, nothing would have held in place. I am thankful to say that none of the planks gave me a hard time, but it does serve to remind us that when we are open to being part of God’s plan, He places us just where we need to be in order to make the big picture work.

Today, let God have charge over your plans. Despite what it may feel like in this moment, purpose to serve, trust, and worship Him, and all the right plans will fall into place.

Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.