I had every intention of taking my walk early this morning before anyone was up... but there were some early risers in this house looking for breakfast, and then several other things got in the way, too. I was feeling a little frustrated that my plans were delayed but eventually, I did go for my walk. At first, I considered taking the shorter route since it was later in the day. But then I decided on a longer, different route.
As God would have it, the timing and the route were perfect. While walking past one particular house, ambulances arrived on the scene. I felt I was there at that moment for a reason and felt called to pray for whoever was in need. And so I did.
About a mile later, I was walking in a pretty remote area. My playlist was cranked and I was belting out tunes... cuz well... remote area... Duh. 🤷🏻♀️ I looked over my shoulder to make sure a car wasn’t coming before I moved to the other side of the road, and I noticed a woman sitting in a wooded area reading... and watching me. 🤦🏻♀️
The funny part: I knew who the woman was and I knew she was an atheist. The really funny part: I had been belting out-of-tune praise and worship songs “in Jesus’ Name” for quite some time. 😂
When we made eye contact, though, she had half a smile on her face... Instead of her normal “there’s that Jesus freak” growl. Humbly, I waved and carried on.
It made me wonder if perhaps I was once again in the right place at the right time. I don’t remember exactly what I was belting out at the time, but I wonder if there was a lyric in there that God was trying to say to her. 🤷🏻♀️
Either way, I think sometimes God foils our plans to make them align with his. Even if it’s frustrating for us at the time, and even if we are oblivious to His plan (like I was to my audience).
It’s a good reminder that He is in control and truly does work all things for good. (Romans 8:28) Even little, seemingly unimportant things... like a delayed morning walk. How much more will He work good in our “big” things.