Then Job answered the Lord and said: “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted. Job 42:2 (ESV)
When I went to bed last night, the evening broadcast was filled with warnings of a huge winter storm heading our way. Almost all the schools in our area, even in our state, had already called school off for the next day. This was going to be a big one, with heavy snow and strong winds.
When I got up the next morning, as the sky began to lighten, I saw that it looked just like it had when I closed my eyes the night before. No snow on the ground, no snow on the streets, no snow in the air. Most of that morning, that’s the way it remained. Everyone was wondering, “Where is this big storm?” Social media was filled with people’s comments about the weather. That maybe the forecasters had gotten it wrong and things were called off before they should have been.
We quickly learned that God’s plans are Sovereign. He rules the whole world and our weather is a part of that. By the time lunchtime rolled around, the snow and winds had begun. That afternoon I could barely make out the houses across the street. There was no way anybody was driving anywhere.
Do you believe God has a plan for Your life? Do you believe He has a plan for Your family? Are you sitting around, waiting for things to happen, doubting God’s “forecast” for your life and your family? Take heart and remember, God’s plans are sovereign.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)
God loves us. He loves our family. His plans are for good. If God has given you a promise, He will follow through. It may not be in the time frame you had hoped, and it may not be in the way that you had hoped, but if will come about, just like the predicted snowstorm finally did arrive and progress as forecasted. Because God’s plans are sovereign.
“God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?” Numbers 23:19 (NLT)
Behind my house is one of the main thoroughfares in my town. Even with the snow still coming down and the wind blowing, the city plows were out keeping this road clear for emergencies. This is what God is doing for our mom or dad each time we send up a heartfelt prayer. He hears our petitions and He answers, trying to keep the roads clear for the one you pray for.
Because of the heavy snow, the plows came by multiple times, clearing the road again and again. It seemed like they would just get it cleared and it was snowed in again. But those plow drivers did not give up. They came back again and again. They were persistent.
As you walk this road of praying for restoration for your family, remain persistent. Your prayers may be what is keeping that road clear. Your faithfulness in prayer and your persistence in leaning on and trusting in our God will make a difference. Don’t give up just because the road isn’t clear yet.
Snow and wind continued into the next morning but eventually it stopped. And the city plows were out in full force, clearing paths and roadways. By noon I was seeing some traffic both behind and in front of my house. Later that afternoon, the sun came out and I was able to see the winter wonderland that God had created. So even if the storm seems to still be raging, know that there can be beauty in the storm. God has a plan and a purpose in everything. And God’s plans are sovereign.
People can make many different plans. But only the Lord’s plan will happen. Proverbs 19:21 (ICB)
A Stander in Nebraska