God’s Plan and Our Part
By Marion Stroud
It’s hard to see both God’s plan and our part. But their intersection is the best place to be.
I visit two elderly women from time to time. One has no financial worries, is fit for her age, and lives in her own home. But she can always find something negative to say. The other is crippled with arthritis and rather forgetful. She lives in simple accommodations, and keeps a reminder pad so she won’t forget her appointments.
But to every visitor to her tiny apartment, her first comment is always the same: “God is so good to me.” Handing her the reminder pad on my last visit, I noticed that she had written the day before “Out to lunch tomorrow! Wonderful! Another happy day.”
Anna was a widow at the time of Jesus’ birth. She was a prophetess, and her circumstances were hard (Luke 2:36-37). She was yearning for the Messiah, but in the meantime she spent her days in the temple, busy about God’s business—praying, fasting, and teaching others all that she had learned from Him. Her focus was on God and serving Him.
Finally the day arrived when she—now in her eighties—saw the infant Messiah in his young mother’s arms. All her patient waiting was worthwhile. Her heart sang with joy as she praised God and then passed the glad news on to others.
Lord, I don’t want to be a complainer anymore. I want to be a person who overflows with thankfulness for others and for You. May I accept whatever You give me in Your time. Show me how to start today.