One day, the parents of three children decided to surprise their children and grandchildren with a wonderful gift. The gift was a trip of a lifetime to a special destination for the family. The parents first contacted each child and discovered a date open to all. The only request and information shared at this time was to keep that date open.
The parents had so much fun planning the trip. Travel plans were made. Activities were scheduled. Special touches were added. The parents’ excitement grew as the trip developed. Every child and grandchild had some part of the trip planned just for them.
The parents could hardly contain their joy as the day arrived to tell each child and family what was going to happen. Imagine their shock and disappointment as the following happened.
The first child upon hearing the news was sad to report that although they had been given the dates, they went ahead and made other plans, thinking that the parents were probably just wanting to visit with them. The second child regretted to inform his parents that although very grateful, they would have to decline because their oldest child might be invited to try out for a special team that week. The third child was indeed excited but had to inform the parents that only three of the family would be able to go as the others were not interested in going.
I know, this story sounds a little farfetched, but I wonder if this is not a picture of how we sometimes relate to God. The Word tells us constantly that God has designed such wonderful life events for us as His children: worship, fellowship, service, growth opportunities. And yet it seems that we regularly inform God that we have other plans.
Jesus said seek first the things of God and all the other items of life will be provided (Matthew 6:33). Your staff prays regularly and often that God’s children in this place will receive the wonderful gifts God has planned for you. Maybe, for the rest of this year, you could commit to seeking first what God has for you? We are committed to doing our best to help you in this journey.