Psalm 33:10-11 The Lord foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples. But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations. (NIV)
Over nine months our family watched cancer creep through my mother's body, defying all treatments. Mom tried to be strong for us. She fought against the disease because we wanted her to live.
One day just before she died my father awakened her for her medication. She looked at him, smiled and said "Oh, it's you." "Who did you think it might be?" he asked, puzzled since he was her only nurse. "Oh, I thought this time it might be Jesus," she replied plainly. "Either way I don't mind."The simplicity of my mother's final days, consisting mainly of prayer, pills and sleep, made me question all the busy-work in my own life. During that time I was surprised at how easy it was to stop everything so I could spend a part of each day with her.
Jesus always made time for the important things. He didn't cancel or reschedule appointments. Instead of just "managing" his time, Jesus only did the important things. In that way He always had time for his friends, or for anyone else who needed to talk to Him, day or night. Jesus lived every day on earth knowing the end of His life was near. With His help and by His example we can learn to do this too.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for giving us an example for our lives through your son Jesus. Help us to recognize and accept the plans you have for us with a gracious and loving heart. Amen.