Have you ever had a day where things just didn’t go like you planned? Maybe that day is today. For me, it was on a Monday. Maybe I should lower my expectations for Monday, but I had my plans listed in my calendar with check boxes beside them, waiting to be completed.
Danielle was getting packed to go out of town with a friend for a few days. Josiah and I were going to hold down the fort, just us guys, so I had my list already planned that day. Danielle had projects too, and one of her projects was to tackle the laundry monster before she left. After loading the washer, Danielle pushed the start button and nothing happened. After trying for a few minutes, Danielle called me to help.
But…. what about my plans? Getting laundry done, especially the clothes she wanted to take with her, became the priority, and I had to drop my plans. A simple broken button turned into: hours of troubleshooting, more troubleshooting, praying, and Danielle starting to look on line at the price of a new washer. Eventually for me, it meant digging deeper down to the circuit board level as a last attempt to see if I could start the machine by directly pressing on the micro switch. I pressed the switch and excitedly exclaimed, “It’s running!” and Danielle said just as excitedly, “I was just praying for God to heal the machine. “ A closer look showed that one of the solder joints between the circuit board and the switch had broken loose. A little solder and another hour putting the machine back together and laundry was back in business, but my day and my plans were out the window.
Dealing with aging equipment made me groan for the day when there will be no more decay (Romans 8:18-25), but it also made me appreciate His plans are not always my plans and His plans will prevail (Proverbs 19:21). As we sought the Lord for direction, to buy new or keep trying to fix the machine, the Lord entered into our reality. After seeking the Lord for direction and then looking at the price of a new washer and praying again, I sensed the Holy Spirit prompting me to dig a little deeper for a solution. It was then that I thought to pull the circuit board off. Unknown to me, Danielle was praying for direction. The answer to her prayer came at the same moment she was praying. The Holy Spirit gave us a little reminder that He is intimately involved with the events of our days even when they aren’t the plans that we planned. Like it says in Romans 8:26, I didn’t even know what I should pray: for the old machine to be fixed, buy a new machine, or ask somebody else to look at our decaying machine. Groan! I had a plan (Prov. 16:9), but the Lord directed our steps, and I was reminded that He knows my days and my hours (Job 38:4, 12-15). It is only as I surrender my time and my plans to Him that He can enter in to my reality and I get to receive a foretaste of future glory.