Do you ever have “one of those days”? A day when you plan on doing one thing and circumstances conspire to force you to do something entirely different? This is when you learn that flexibility is really one of the great, underestimated virtues of the Christian life.

Really, I believe it’s God’s way of not only instilling patience in us, but of reminding us who is really in charge. We all have plans, but do we submit them to His ultimate will?

The way for us to be more flexible is to see those things that happen to us not as coincidences, but as part of God’s purpose. When the car breaks down on your way to
that important job interview, perhaps this is His way of pointing you in a different direction. When it seems that a thousand phone calls keep you from the pile of work on your desk, it could be that God wants you to encourage a weary soul.

Even when the circumstances are more serious — when you’re diagnosed with a fatal illness; when you lose your job; when you lose someone you love — these aren’t
coincidences, either. They are part of a plan we don’t understand.

Trusting God gives us hope. It gives us a purpose amidst the madness of life. What’s more, we have the gentle touch of His abiding presence, helping to steer us through the storms.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder