The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men

A poet once penned the following line, “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.”  All of us have experienced this truth (at least from the humanity side of things!). As I write this, the National Weather Service has posted a Hurricane Watch for much of North Carolina's Outer Banks. Tropical Storm Arthur is expected to intensify into a category one hurricane and brush the Outer Banks ... although a more substantial "strike" is not out of the question. This is forcing many vacationers, planning to head to the region for the Fourth of July holiday, to think about changing their plans .... if not in whole at least in part. As a result, there are a lot of eyes hungering to see each updated forecast from the National Hurricane Center. 

As I thing about this weather event, the following words from the Bible come to mind, “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’S purpose that prevails” (Proverbs 19:21).  God is sovereign.  He is working out His purposes for our world – and that includes EVERYONE in our world (which means you and me!).  So go ahead and make your plans – but realize that God has a purpose for you and it just may be that HE will redirect your steps.  So in a sense the poet got it right – but he missed the bigger picture.  When plans go “awry” from our perspective, we must remember there is an invisible hand involved in the process.  And that invisible hand belongs to the God who so loved us that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life! 

Thanks for stopping by . . . 
pj

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