Sunday, July 19, 2009
"The great thing, if one can, is to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions of one's "own" or "real" life. The truth is, of course, that what one calls the interruptions are precisely one's real life ~ the life God is sending one day by day; what one calls one's "real" life is a phantom of one's own imagination. This is at least what I see at moments of insight, but it's hard to remember it all the time." (The letters of C.S. Lewis to Arthur Greeves ~ 20th December 1943)
Wow! I have been chewing on this quote for quite a few days now. What a powerful and true statement.
I find myself so often getting frustrated because things keep happening and my best laid plans fall by the wayside. "My best laid plans..." Who do I think I am?
Proverbs 16:9 (NASB-U)
The mind of man plans his way,
But the Lord directs his steps.
Forgive me, Lord, for telling YOU how I think my day should go! Forgive me for assuming that the steps you direct should be according to my plans! Lord, I desire to walk according to your direction. I desire to follow you, not try and lead the way!
With one husband, 5 children, a home to run and a ministry life to maintain, interruptions are the norm rather than the exception. This IS my "real" life, though! This is the life I prayed for, hoped for and rejoiced over when the Lord allowed it to come to pass!
Help me embrace each day, each moment ~ each interruption ~ as part of your divinely wonderful plan for me, Lord!