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January 22, 2015
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As I stand guard at my school crossing, thoughts for devotionals flit through my brain like those message bars scrolling across the bottom of your television set. From these ideas, I started a number of different themes. They were all perfectly sound ideas, and I had the Scripture texts picked out to support them, but for some reason or another, I would get only so far and then hit a writer's block. Finally, I put the whole thing aside and just let it all gel. Maybe they will be completed someday. Meanwhile, when I would usually be writing, I would read or go about my usual business.

As the month moved onwards, I turned to prayer — something I should have remembered to do first. Lord, I am pretty sure that You want me to write these; what do you want me to say?

One day after my crossing duties, I was sitting at the coffee shop reading, and there was God's answer. At the front of the book was the following Scripture reference:

Proverbs 16:9 – A man's mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps. (RSV)

How often this very thing has happened in my own life. I would make big plans, and God would let something else happen to change them. In college, for example, I started out in radio and television broadcasting. This was abandoned after one semester when it became apparent that my panic attacks in front of the microphone were not going to go away. I ended up with majors in sociology, philosophy, and religion. Later studies earned me a teaching diploma in Bible studies.

Matthew 7:7-8 – Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. (RSV)

That I got this far with this devotional after prayer is a perfect example of how God answers prayer and uses us for His purpose when He changes our plans. It's hard sometimes to see where He is leading us in our lives, but hindsight shows us over and over again how much greater God's plans are than our own. It also illustrates how His unexpected answers to our prayers are so often much better and greater than anything we could ask for.

Prayer: Thank You, Lord God, for always being in our midst, wherever we are and whatever we are doing. Thank You for leading and guiding us even when we don't see it and for how You are preparing us for what is to come. Thank You for all Your wondrous actions and blessings in our lives and — when we are open to Your leading — for taking us to far better things than we have imagined. Thank You, above all, for the gift of Your Son Jesus, and that through an acceptance of Him as our Saviour and Guide, all that You ask of us becomes possible. Help us always to be open to Your leading through Jesus, our Lord of possibilities. Amen.

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Peterborough, Ontario, Canada

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Proud of your courageous obedience!

    Thanks for an encouraging word Ellen.

    Thank you so very much for taking the time to share.
    Blessings to you.

    Thank you for a very inspiring message. The Lord led you well in the writing. That quote from Proverbs is amazing. Blessings.

    Greetings! Thanks for a very interesting and thought-provoking meditation. You have shown us some light to help us all go forward.

    Love your devotion this morning Ellen.
    Thank you for these wonderful words and reminding us of what God does everyday in our lives.
    May God continue to bless you as you share How love with others.

    Thank you Ellen for your devotional today.
    My father was a school crossing guard and he said he’d often bring a verse along to memorize.
    The one verse you used today, Matt. 7:7-8 is the same verse that came in my email from Bible Gateway’s verse of the day. I thought that was interesting how the Lord plans things.
    In my own life I can see how I would make plans but the Lord had other plans for me. The Lord really does have ones best interest at heart. I wanted to be a school bus driver but the Lord said no. It’s always a wise decision to follow the Lord’s leading.

    Thank you Ellen,
    Your sincerity shines in this devotional.
    Daily prayer is tantamount to my walk.
    Keep writing and May God richly bless you.

    Dear Ellen;
    I know exactly what you are talking about. Thank you for sharing and bringing me back to what I am supposed to do at the onset. God bless you.

    Thanks for sharing those encouraging words. We all need to be reminded of the importance of prayer and His leading when we get so-o-o busy we become exhausted and forgot to check with Him first. I especially like the phrase we are busier than we ought to be!! It does hit home! Blessings!

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