Today’s Scripture: Matthew 2
Emergency rooms—they are never fun! Well, at least not unless you are watching one of your favorite medical dramas on TV. About a week ago, I found myself in the emergency room at Toledo Hospital with a bit of a health scare. My body had been telling me for the last couple of weeks that something was not quite right, but I was still waiting and hoping it might go away on its own. It simply did not fit into my plan for my life right now to have to address something like that!
When the staff at the urgent care, where I had gone first because of severe pain, instructed me to go to the emergency room as soon as possible, I felt very scared. All the worst-case scenarios went through my head as I was driving there. I prayed to God to protect me and to let it be something fixable.
I am still very new at this whole “accepting God’s plan for your life” thing—I am much more used to taking charge and following my own plan. After all, especially these last few years since my divorce, there was not really anyone I could totally rely on at that level besides myself. Apparently, this way of thinking is not easy to let go of, as I have discovered since finding my way back to God almost two years ago. And I have wrestled with it on and off ever since…
Today, we continue to follow the Christmas story in Matthew 2. It is most reassuring reading it again so shortly after Easter. It reminds us that he is always with us.
What struck me in this chapter is how everything was planned by God in advance—all he asked of those involved was to follow his plan. The Magi outwitted Herod and did not disclose the actual location of Jesus’ birthplace. Once Herod did figure things out and sent for all boys under two years old to be killed, he again was foiled, because God had already arranged for Joseph to flee with his family to Egypt until Herod’s time had passed. Even thereafter, Joseph chose a location upon his return far away from Herod’s successor, based on a message from God in a dream in a town called Nazareth.
Matthew 2:22-23 (NIV)
22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning in Judea, in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Having been warned in a dream, he withdrew to the district of Galilee, 23 and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets, that he would be called a Nazarene.
Trusting and following his plan sounds so easy, but is actually quite hard to do. I know I still struggle with this at times! But God promises that he has a plan for us—a plan that is good for us! We might not always know what this plan is and how things that happen to us fit in, but he invites us to learn to trust his plan.
Besides learning to listen to what my body is trying to tell me sooner next time, this health scare reminded me yet again (I am apparently a slow learner) of something else: to trust God’s plan for my life in terms of the people he has surrounded me with. A special person whom God had placed in my life not long ago completely came through for me that day when I had to go to the ER. This person dropped everything they were doing to be by my side. They were there to help and support me, and to cheer me up with his funny jokes. It was incredibly reassuring for me to have finally someone by my side whom I could totally trust and lean upon. Someone selfless, loving and kind. And luckily it turns out that I should be fine and will just need some follow up treatment. I am incredibly grateful to God and his plan for me! Going forward, I will try even harder to trust his plan for me rather than trying to do things on my own!
Are you trusting God’s plan for your life? If not, why not? How has God shown up in your life recently? Are you aware of the promises God has made to you? Have you thanked God for the good in your life as well as the challenges he is facing together with you?
Make a list of times when God has shown up in your life and when you realized that he has had a plan for you. Share your experiences with a fellow Christ follower. If you find it difficult to trust his plan, speak to fellow Christ followers about your struggles to trust him. Try to learn from their experiences.
Dear Father, thank you so much for helping me through difficult times and for providing me with such loving and comforting support through the wonderful people whom you have placed in my life. Please help me to provide the best possible support I can in return to those in my life whom I love. Please let me work for you and your plan. Amen.
This post was written by Cordula Mora. Cordula is a neuroscientist who currently works in the Provost office at Bowling Green State University. She was born and raised in Germany, then spent many years living in New Zealand before settling in the US almost 16 years ago. She was raised in a German Protestant church but feels blessed to have been spiritually awakened when she was introduced to CedarCreek Church. She thanks God every day for all the blessings in her life, including two amazing daughters. She is currently looking for someone who would like to serve the Lord with her.
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