The Master Planner

A Perfect Picture

Life is like a puzzle
We can’t understand;
The pieces don’t fit
When they’re placed by our hand.

But when God takes the pieces
And puts them in place,
They fit smoothly together
Because of His grace.

 For He knows how He made us
And what we’re to do,
Plus the timing is perfect
From His point of view.

 

Read Isaiah 55:6-11

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways.” declares the Lord. Isaiah 55:8

“Keep 9:30 tomorrow morning free,” Jim informed me. “We have an appointment with the accountant.”

Not again! Three meetings in one week. First the lawyer, then the financial advisor, and now this. My husband’s plans disrupted my schedule.

“I have things I’d rather do,” I mumbled, yet I knew that getting Jim’s retirement papers in order was important.

Often God’s plans for me seem inconvenient too. Even though I have released my life to the Lord, my human nature still wants its own way.

God’s interruptions sometimes come in the form of a sudden illness, unexpected company, a separation, or just a simple turn of events. When these things occur, I can be annoyed, or I can accept them. When I react without praying, I usually regret my decision. When I accept God’s agenda, I discover His plans are always better than mine. He is looking out for my best interests. I only see bits and pieces of the future. God sees the whole picture.

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by Frances Pasch

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Frances Gregory Pasch’s devotions and poetry have been published hundreds of times the past thirty years in different denominational Sunday school papers, magazines, and book compilations. Her book, Double Vision, Seeing God in Everyday Life Through Devotions and Poetry was released December 12, 2013, by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. It is a double eye-opener–two ways of looking at the same spiritual truth. Frances enjoys encouraging other writers, and she has been leading a women’s Christian writers’ group for the past 25 years. You can read some of her writing on her newly updated website: www.francesgregorypasch.com. Also, check out her new Community Page, and follow her on Twitter @Frances Pasch.

About Be the Light Editor

Martin Wiles is a minister, author, freelance editor, and English teacher who lives in Greenwood, SC. He is the founder of Love Lines from God and is the author of Grits & Grace and God and Grits, Gumbo and Going to Church. He serves as Managing Editor for Christian Devotions (www.christiandevotions.us) and Assistant Editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. He and his wife are parents of two and grandparents of three.

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