Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails” (Prov 19:21).

A rude driver cut me off and it cost me the green light. Fuming mad was I. Five hours later I spotted a neighbor whom I knew only casually. He was about to walk into his house as I was walking by with my dog, so, “Hello!” I said, and a conversation ensued. An hour and a half later he prayed to receive Jesus as His Savior. How’s that for skipping details?

It occurs to me, had I not had to wait at that light, I would have likely missed my encounter with my neighbor and missed out on the blessed outcome of the efforts of who-knows-how-many saintly souls who worked to plow under, plant in, and water this man’s once infertile soul. And today, the day after our conversation, God moves my thoughts to this: Jesus was always about His Father’s business (Lk 2:41-51; Jn 5:19; Jn 8:28).

And to this: Jesus never hurried as He carried out His purpose, and yet was never late for any task that fulfilled His destiny (Lk 7:1-10; Jn 11:1-44).

And to this: So why should I ever get mad again when I have to wait at a red light?

I hope this encourages you to carry forth in God’s timing today.

Kevin Murray

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