Do you ever feel sorry for yourself because life hasn't turned out exactly as you had planned? Sometimes I do. When I was young I had this "idea" of how my life was going to be. Or should I say...how I wanted it to be. Well, I'm pretty sure it never came close to what I imagined or wanted. In fact, none of my major plans ever happened and I am learning that it's really okay. I can truthfully say that my life right now is going in the direction that GOD has had planned for me always and I'm happy about that. God's plan for my life is what's really important and it's what really makes me feel alive! I believe today I took a first step in the direction that GOD wants me to go. I have known for quite sometime some of what I should be doing but didn't really know where to start. I'll tell you about it...
Today I met some great people that would probably tell you that their life hasn't turned out the way they had planned either. These people didn't have cars...homes...food...chairs to sit on...nothing! They were sitting, or standing, on the sidewalk. All were asking for food. One couple had a baby that was 2 or 3 months old, another couple had a son that was 19. There was something they all had in common...they were homeless. Some of them were staying in shelters at night...while others were just sleeping somewhere outside. Some had been drinking, but others had not. Some of them had been on the streets for a long time, while others probably not so long. There was something about all of them that really hit me...they enjoyed talking with us. In fact...they were all smiles and told us thank you for coming and talking and praying with them. Not one person turned down the opportunity to have us pray for them about what they needed. In fact some of the people asked us to pray about specific things they needed. Jobs was a big one. After we would pray they would just be beaming and thanking us for coming. They really grabbed my heart and if you know me that's not easily done.
The LORD cares about everyone of us...homeless or not. HE loves the homeless just as much as HE loves us. I pray that the people I met today will feel HIS love tonight when they lay their head down to sleep...wherever that may be...and that HE takes special care of them.
As I was trying to say at the top of this post...GOD has a plan for our lives. If we listen to HIM, and follow HIS direction, our lives will work out and we will be happy. We might not have everything that we thought we were going to have in life...we will have more! My plans are to keep going back and I can hardly wait until the next time.
New Living Translation (NLT)
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
New Living Translation (NLT)
24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me.
Linking up with Tracy for Winsome Wednesday.