Monday, April 19, 2010

Consider the Planes

Jesus often told us to look at the world around us, and to learn from it about God's nature, and our relationship with Him. He told us to consider the ravens, and realise that as God provides for them He will provide for us. He said to look at the beauty of the lilies of the field and not to worry about our lives, about what we will wear or where our next meal is coming from.

On Sunday I encouraged us to do the same as we look up, and for a few days at least, see blue skies with no planes in them. What man (whether through terrorists, environmentalists or computer malfunctions) has failed to do, God can do so through a single act. It reminds me of Proverbs 16:9:

In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps

People in the last week had all sorts of plans. I know of a preacher hoping to fly back from Nigeria, a honeymoon couple coming back from Mauritius, people on business coming back from Europe and the States, school teachers coming back for the start of term, a sixth former coming back for an exam, a band expecting to fly back to New Zealand, a Kerith team planning to fly out to Albania and many others. All of these people had plans, but it was God who has determined their steps. So this week, know this. God is in control and you aren't. He is the Lord of Lords and you're not. He is the King of Kings, who knows you better than you know yourself, and has nothing but good plans for your life.

You might not be about to board a plane, but you have got plans in your heart. That's not a bad thing. But keep checking that your plans align with God's plans for your life. Anywhere where they don't then decide to change your plans, it will avoid a lot of frustration, hurt and disappointment in the future. And when your plans aren't quite working out the way you hoped they were going to, don't get upset and disappointed, don't get disillusioned or angry with God, don't worry or get anxious about how things are going to work out, just have a conversation with God and trust Him that His ways and His thoughts are higher than yours.

Consider the planes.



Eiz said...

Thanks for this great message Simon, I've been 'considering the planes' a lot!

Sue Palin @shfp said...

Thanks Simon I am coming to the end of my degree and looking for my first teaching job it is good to be reminded of God's sovereign power