Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.
"I'm shakin' the dust of this crummy little town off my feet and I'm gonna see the world. Italy, Greece, the Parthenon, the Colosseum. Then, I'm comin' back here to go to college and see what they know. And then I'm gonna build things. I'm gonna build airfields, I'm gonna build skyscrapers a hundred stories high, I'm gonna build bridges a mile long . . ." ~George Bailey, It's a Wonderful Life
Wow! George Bailey's dreams are larger than life. He knows what he wants. His goals are set. The sky's the limit!
Then, as it does to us all, life happens. Smack dab in the middle of George's best laid plans.
Right in the middle of ours.
And, nothing turns out the way he, and we, hoped . . .
Does that mean we shouldn't dream? Know what we want? Set lofty goals?
By no means!
But, if and when a door should close, do we know how to look for a window?
Can we take disappointment not as a discouraging detour but as a road less traveled?
And, when life is an uphill battle, can we shift gears? Maintain the belief that, somehow, some way, we will eventually arrive at the top?
When God answers our prayers with a "no", I firmly believe it is because He has dreams and desires and goals for our lives which we have yet to imagine.
Ones we will never realize if we stand forever at that door. At the fork in the road. Or, stall out on that hill.
We must move out in faith. With a prayer in our hearts and on our lips. Following His lead.
Trusting that our Father knows best . . .
Where is the Lord leading you today?
Will you pray with me?
Help us to be prepared, Father, to change course willingly and gratefully when You are calling us in a different direction. Let us not allow disappointments to defeat us, but to always see them as opening the windows of new opportunities. May we walk by faith, trusting that You know what is best for us. Amen.
Psalms 25 or 9, 15
Proverbs 27:1-6, 10-12
John 18:15-18, 25-27
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