Friday, December 18, 2009

Snowed in!

It's pretty amazing how things happen. We make our plans, but God controls it all.

We had planned a lot for this weekend. My mom's sisters came into town and are staying with us. And all us girls were going to go spend the day at the Biltmore today. None of us have ever seen it all decked out for Christmas and we had discounts too! And then tomorrow we have planned a big open house to celebrate Natalie-Rose's adoption.

Well, Karen got here yesterday afternoon. And it was good she came when she did because this morning we woke up to sleet and then snow.
We had planned to meet Peggy there at the Biltmore at 10am and have a big time! But, my dad drove up to the grocery store to test out the road and get some "snowed-in" supplies, and he said it was slick and there were several people in the ditches! So, we decided not to risk it and convinced Peggy to come on to our house. Maybe we can try after lunch?!

So, meanwhile, we've got last minute preparations to make for the party tomorrow, which we don't really even know will happen. I so hope that at least our church family can make it out!
We have been cooking and baking and cleaning and telling Natalie about it all week.
But I know Romans 8:28. God is sovereign. He has orchestrated this whole thing and we couldn't have planned it any better.
"My Utmost For His Highest" talks about God's sovereignty in today's devotional.
The scripture is Romans 8:28. The title is "The Test of Loyalty".

"It is only the loyal soul who believes that God engineers circumstances. We take such liberty with our circumstances, we do not believe God engineers them, although we say we do; we treat the things that happen as if they were engineered by men. To be faithful in every circumstance means that we have only one loyalty, and that is to our Lord. Suddenly God breaks up a particular set of circumstances, and the realization comes that we have been disloyal to Him by not recognizing that He had ordered them; we never saw what He was after, and that particular thing will never be repeated all the days of our life. The test of loyalty always comes just there. If we learn to worship God in the trying circumstances, He will alter them in two seconds when He chooses.
Loyalty to Jesus Christ is the thing that we "stick at" today. We will be loyal to work, to service, to anything, but do not ask us to be loyal to Jesus Christ. Many Christians are intensely impatient of talking about loyalty to Jesus. Our Lord is dethroned more emphatically by Christian workers than by the world. God is made a machine for blessing men, and Jesus is made a Worker among workers.
The idea is not that we do work for God, but that we are so loyal to Him that He can do His work through us- "I reckon on you for extreme service, with no complaining on your part and no explanation on Mine." God wants to use us as He used His own Son."

My mom had just been saying that God is sovereign and that we need to remember this. And then she picked up "My Utmost". Our plans may have gotten messed our minds. But in God's plan, it's just how it's supposed to be! Thank you Lord for Your Sovereignty!

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