The Plans That I Have

time lapse photo of stars on night

…like all people our plans often get waylaid.

Like small children I’m sure most of us have plans. And like all people our plans often get waylaid. This last week we have seen what God thinks of the theory of global warming.

I’m writing this as one who has seen for many years the panic mode of the experts who swing from one dire warning to another. We were going to experience an ice age then an ozone depletion, but after that it was another crisis until we learn the meaning of ‘Never let a good crisis go to waste’.

Along the way we’ve also had an over-population crisis which was supposed to bring us starvation and…crisis after crisis.

I’ve heard it has snowed on the beach at Galveston. I don’t know how much snow but we have seen pictures of people trying to rescue sea turtles and alligators with their snouts sticking out of frozen water.

Texans have been suffering from the prolonged cold—below freezing temperatures that they are really not used to with power outages, frozen water pipes, and all of the things they just never have to deal with.

Plans—most of us wrestle with day to day life. Most of our lives don’t change dramatically from day to day. This last week we lost Rush Limbaugh. To some people it was a moment to pause and reflect on someone who made a difference in lives in ways many people will never understand.

There was the other side. The ugly other side, who thought their two cents worth made a difference in the world. There were the deluge of remarks on how Rush was a bigot, racist, homophobic, etc. from that group of people. As if their opinions were valued, but those who listened to Mr. Limbaugh knew different.

It was fitting that in a final tribute a friend to Rush was asked how Rush could continue doing what he did three hours a day for five days a week for all his years and not get bitter at all the hate spewed at him. “Well,” the friend said, “he didn’t speak to the people not listening to him.”

And that’s the point I guess. We put out there, those of us who do a public platform, we put out there what we feel others need to hear. But not all will hear what we put out there—Only those who are listening.

Jeremiah 29:

11  For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

12  Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.

13  And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

Philippians 1:

6  Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

Proverbs 16:

3  Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.