DayBreaks for 7/20/15 – Course Changes

DayBreaks for 7/20/15: Course Changes

So, let me ask you: what are your plans for today? Have you got your day fairly well regimented and planned out? There are those who think that should be how we all live our lives. And, I’m sure there is some truth to that. However, “life” has a way of altering our plans and forcing us to change from one course to another. Or is it “life” that changes such things, or is it perhaps something much greater?

Jesus and the disciples had been headed for Bethsaida when the evening’s storm blew them to Gennesaret instead. Notice our Lord’s response. He does not tell the Apostles to set out to sea and try again to get to their originally planned destination. Instead, he disembarks where they landand begins to minister to the people around him. Christ’s response is to see the storm as God’s will and to minister appropriately wherever he lands.

How do you and I respond when our day is blown off course? Do you respond to daily (or even major life-changing) “inconveniences” by looking for God’s purposes or do you become angry and frustrated at the “interruption” of your carefully thought through plans and purposes?

I have found that the higher my personal agenda, the more wrapped up that I am in my own thinking and the more insistent I am on setting my own direction, the less I am able to see God’s purpose in my daily “interruptions.” Yet, I have also found that when make myself available to “Deus Interruptus,” incredible and miraculous things frequently happen. Have you ever considered beginning your day by giving God permission to alter your agenda at any moment and any time?

“Dearest God, feel free to interrupt my agenda today with yours at any time or in any place.”

PRAYER: Lord, I pray that today and every day that you will feel free to interrupt my agenda with things that you want me to do and with the people you want me to speak to! Help me to see such “interruptions” not as inconveniences, but as part of the plan you are working out in my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DayBreaks for 06/09/11 – Off Course

DayBreaks for 06/09/11 – Off Course

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. – Psalm 119:105

Franklin Villca Huanaco was trying to reach Cochabamba where his mother had recently served a 3½-year prison sentence for drugs offences.

The boy hid in a container roughly the length of a body among the truck’s wheels, thinking it was heading to the Bolivian city 70 miles away. Its real destination was Iquique in northern Chile. The driver was unaware of the stowaway.

“I wanted to see my mother,” the boy told Chilean state television.

Authorities said the boy was lucky to survive the two-day journey without food or water while crossing Bolivia’s Andean altiplano, where temperatures at night can fall below freezing. He was only wearing pants, a shirt and ragged shoes.

A woman later found the boy wandering the impoverished streets of Alto Hospicio township, which neighbours Iquique, and took him to her home.  The boy is currently staying with the woman’s family. He is to be returned to his mother by a Bolivian official.

Huanaco’s parents were separated, and he had been living with his father and four siblings in their house in Oruro, Bolivia.  His mother, Zenobia Huanaco, was released from prison a month ago and had been working in the countryside outside of Cochabamba.

The courage of this boy is admirable.  His sense of direction is less admirable.  It made me consider how we may sometimes do something courageous, but wind up off-course nonetheless.  It happens oftentimes without intent – but it happens anyway.  Great intentions are not the same as good directions.

Read the right road map – and stay the course!

PRAYER: Lord, we have such a knack for getting on the wrong pathway!  Stand beside us and guide us in the way everlasting!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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