While I am still just about finding my feet in the new role of Pastor, I am getting to grips with my schedule and for what is achievable in a given week.
I am starting to find out useful information that will help in a crisis such as, the location of those shortbread biscuits in the kitchen and which cupboard the coffee is hidden in.
Of course I could have read one of those labels on each cupboard, telling me exactly what is in each location but that would just be too easy wouldn’t it?
But, all these things aside, I am starting to get into a routine that will no doubt, be tweaked going forward. The truth is there are days when things just don’t go to plan and to our timetable. Situations arise and the needs of others have to be addressed which at times can throw everything else out of its timetable. The knock-on effects of losing precious time at the start of the week impacts greatly upon planned sermon preparation but at the same time it does prevent one from trusting in one’s preparation instead of the Lord.
And this should remind us all that we need to be flexible sometimes. That things don’t always go smoothly but we need to accept our plans will be disrupted from time to time so we must just trust that things will work out as God has intended them to do so.
Proverbs 16:9 “A man’s heart plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.”
The reality of life is that God has a plan that doesn’t go awry. His plan is not susceptible to the unexpected events of each day, because He is Sovereign. God’s sovereignty means that He is in control of all things and everything is completely under His rule.
Romans 11:33 “Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!”
Next time you are feeling ‘out of control’ – just remember that there is one who is in total control of all things, and that even includes your life. Our obligation is to surrender all to Him. To trust His Son the Lord Jesus Christ and live for Him.