I was reminded again last week that our plans and God’s plans are not always the same and that God’s plans do not always make sense to our finite minds. We had a few things planned and God had a few other things planned. A missed appointment turned into a great time of prayer. A planned downtime alone between meetings turned into great conversations with like minded people. A meeting delayed because of Raeni’s trip to the USA, turns to be a great launching point for the future of God’s work here.
It is sometimes little things like this that we miss out on as we try to make sense of our calling and ministry. I speak not only of our calling here to Paris but in general about all of our callings to follow Christ more fully. We often focus on what we missed out on instead on what was accomplished.
In on the above examples I had about an hour and a half in between meetings last Saturday. I planned to lock the door to the ministry center, walk around the corner and enjoy a nice cup of coffee while reading the paper. (it was my birthday I am allowed to do things like this.) As the meeting ended those who were there were in no hurry to leave. One was waiting for a ride, another finishing up and email and another just wanting to stay. I obliged their wants putting aside my large mocha for a conversation. And looking back. I am glad I did. The conversation was much better than chocolate flavored coffee and news.
I want to make the choice to focus on what I am doing instead of what I think I am missing out on.