Tuesday In Other Words   13 comments

 

This week, Lori is hosting “In ‘Other’ Words” at her site, All You Have To Give. She has chosen a quote by Edith Schaeffer.

“We leave something incomplete everyday, whether it’s an area of housework, school, work, friendship, ministry ~ because we are finite.”

~ from The Hidden Art of Homemaking by Edith Schaeffer~

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After reading this quote, I wanted to add a tag line that said, “and that’s just fine!”  It reminds me of a magnet I have on my refrigerator that says: We plan, God Laughs!  It’s fine to have some goals for the day, a to do list or five 🙂  just be prepared to relinquish your list to the Master of Your Agenda.  He has a way of rearranging lists and agendas to fit his plans!  

There are so many examples of this in scripture, but one of my favorites is in the book of Acts chapter 8…

Philip and the Ethiopian
26Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road-the desert road-that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” 27So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians. This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, 28and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the book of Isaiah the prophet. 29The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.”
30Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.

31″How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.

32The eunuch was reading this passage of Scripture:
“He was led like a sheep to the slaughter,
and as a lamb before the shearer is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.
33In his humiliation he was deprived of justice.
Who can speak of his descendants?
For his life was taken from the earth.”

34The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” 35Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.

Philip was flexible.  He was open and obedient and the result was life altering for the eunuch and I am sure for Philip as well. 

Because we are finite, we do not see the whole picture nor how we fit into that picture. Because we are finite, we have a tendency to gravitate towards consistency and predictability.  Because we are finite, a wrench thrown into our plans could cause an oscar nomination temper tantrum performance like none other.

The next time a wrench is thrown into my plans, I am going to stop myself from having a temper tantrum and say “Fine Lord, you have thrown this wrench into my plans use this wrench for your glory today.  Help me to be obedient and open to you and your will for me today.  Open my eyes to see what you see, my ears to listen to what you hear and my mouth to speak your truth.

For more In Other Words posts, head on over to Lori’s.

Posted March 10, 2008 by Lana G! in In Other Words

13 responses to “Tuesday In Other Words

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  1. “We plan, God Laughs! It’s fine to have some goals for the day, a to do list or five 🙂 just be prepared to relinquish your list to the Master of Your Agenda.” A great reminder to us. Thanks for sharing your thoughts

    God bless! 🙂

  2. I love that..God laughs. So true. Thanks for sharing.

  3. GREAT illustration! Thanks for sharing this with us today. I’m so glad Jesus was so sensitive to OUR needs too. Seems like His agenda is always different then ours. I pray I’ll be obedient when He interrupts my plans and lists.

    Blessings~

  4. so very true…..

    blessings.

  5. Watch out for those wrenches that get thrown in our plans! Great illustration. Thanks

  6. You know I LOVE reading “In Other Words” because I always get so much more out of the original quote…I always think and laugh…
    “Because we are finite, we do not see the whole picture nor how we fit into that picture. Because we are finite, we have a tendency to gravitate towards consistency and predictability. Because we are finite, a wrench thrown into our plans could cause an oscar nomination temper tantrum performance like none other.”

    THAT made me think and LAUGH…I know that we all do it….look to the list and want to check it off and go to bed…but that isn’t always what GOD plans for our days…I’m learning that being in His will means being FLEXIBLE and OPEN to the fork in the road!!
    Thanks for posting this…
    It was great…and a real blessing!
    hugs,
    lori

  7. This was really great. And I can unfortunately relate to those dishes… thank you for stopping by!

    Steph

  8. Very well illustrated and very well said! ahh flexibility! Now I’m just trying to figure out who’s counter that is…

  9. What a kick–I looked at that picture and thought how familiar…then I realized why! Love your thoughts. Love you!

  10. “We Plan God Laughs” PERFECT! I need to get a magnet like that! Lol

    Thank you for a very uplifting post!

  11. A wrench in our plans…wonder what He’s trying to build with that wrench?
    Great post!

  12. We plan, God laughs. That is a great thought.
    I love reading your stuff and I love you.

  13. THIS was a great post for this quote! Thank you so much for sharing. I really enjoyed it!

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