Melissa flopped onto her bed and stared at the ceiling, listening to the rain beat on the roof. She was dressed and ready to go, but her soccer game had been canceled – again! She’d worked so hard practicing with her team, but game after game kept getting washed out. She was stuck at home again. Her plans had been ruined, and she was upset.
We all have times like Melissa, days when we wish things had gone differently. Bad weather, sickness, or schedule conflicts can lead to disappointments. These conflicts aren’t “life or death” problems, but they still can be discouraging.
Sometimes when our plans go awry, we can see it as a good thing. Maybe we have time for something else – like playing cards with a grandparent or reading a book. Life is never perfect, and even the best plans can be interrupted by storms or other unexpected events.
But we know that in all things, God works for our good. He takes the bad things in our lives and turns them around. That was His perfect plan. He took away our sins through His death on the cross. And through faith, He makes us His children now and forever.
Maybe our day-to-day plans are different from what we expected, but God still provides for us, loves us, and reassures us of His care. So enjoy those rainy days, along with the sunny ones. Enjoy a nice nap or a good book. Better yet, take advantage of the time to pray or read God’s Word and rejoice in God’s great love for us in Christ.
Journal: Make a list of ten things you’re thankful for. The write a prayer of thanksgiving to God, listing the many ways He blesses your life.
Pray: O Lord, I thank You for sunshine and rain, for perfect fall days and misty wet ones. When my plans don’t work out, please help me rejoice in You. Amen.