Yesterday I had a play date planned with my friend Sonya and our children. Sonya & I don't get to see each other often. She has 6 children and home schools. I also keep a busy schedule with my 2 kids and various volunteer activities. It's hard to find time on the calendar to get together, so we only see each other a few times a year and it is treasured time. We were excited about getting together...plus we had lots of planning to do as we are attending She Speaks together next week, (God willing!)
When she emailed me on Tuesday she'd been up all night with a sick child...the 5th child to come down with the throw-up bug, I gently suggested we reschedule...germaphobe that I am! I'm sure she was disappointed, and I was too, but it seemed like the right decision.
On Wednesday I received a phone call from another friend. She was feeling down, desperately sick with morning sickness (all day!), exhausted and just out of sorts. I suggested her kids spend some time here on Thursday (my cancelled Sonya day). It's rare I have a big slot of free time like that - but there was Thursday wide open. I picked up her kids and they had a ball over here. They played so well with my kids, that I had time in the kitchen to make a dinner to send home with them for the evening.
While I was initially disappointed to miss my fun day with Sonya, I know God's plans prevailed. People sometimes say "if you want to make God laugh, tell him YOUR plans." My plans didn't go as expected yesterday, but I'm glad that I was able to help out a friend in need...God's plan, all along.
James 4:13-15 -- Now listen, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money." Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, "If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that."
Proverbs 19:21-- Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.
Jeremiah 29:11 -- For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.