a question I get often

August 26, 2009

What exactly will you be doing day-by-day in Scotland?

I found a quote in a book I’m reading about Sabbath called The Rest of God┬áby Mark Buchanan: Jesus “lived life with the clearest and highest purpose. Yet he veered and strayed from one interruption to the next, with no apparent plan in hand other than his single, overarching one: get to Jerusalem and die. Otherwise, his days, as far as we can figure, were a series of zigzags and detours, apparent whims and second thoughts, interruptions and delays, off-the-cuff plans, spur-of-the-moment decisions, leisurely meals, serendipitous rounds of storytelling” (78).

I have quoted this verse often in the past few months: “The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.” Proverbs 16:9

Now that my schedule is more free, a lot of meetings are unplanned. For instance, the day when I ended up at the library and received an email later that day about a recent death in a friend’s life, which allowed me to bring her flowers. My Hungarian tutor, who I still haven’t met in person, and I became good friends through the time I was learning from her via phone. I had the opportunity to pray for her, and now, I plan to visit NYC another time before Scotland so I can get her to church.

I will have specific meetings in Scotland (just as I do now), but in a God-initiated schedule, we always have to be open to His redirection. My way is to Scotland, but my steps are still directed here for this season, and what a great season it is!