Donuts, castles, and change

You know you are on vacation when you hear the door close to your hotel room, and hot coffee and local donuts are waiting for breakfast fifteen minutes later. Spontaneity is the name of the game, and being willing to let plans change. Like when the castle you wanted to visit is closed and being prepped as a movie set. Well then. We saw the gardens for free.

Upset itineraries annoy me. I am used to being able to make plans, predict how the world will operate, and dictate the schedule for my life. When I really think about it, that is pretty boring.

I wonder how David felt as he walked out to pasture the sheep on another normal morning. Did he dream of greatness? Who doesn’t? But as the youngest of nine boys, one of the greatest things he probably had in mind was a better spot at the dinner table. God had bigger things in mind, starting when David was called back to the house for something to do with the prophet Samuel (1Samuel 16:13).

“Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. And the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon David from that day forward. And Samuel rose up and went to Ramah.”

God had some spectacular plans behind an interruption to David’s day leading to a kingdom and Dynasty. God can use us to speak to people, make a move in a cosmic battle, or change one person’s day with a single encounter. And He also teaches us to trust Him rather than trying to figure out how to make our lives run like Swiss watches.

“31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek firstthe kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matthew 6:31-34

God, thank You for the beautiful day, with rain strands on the window to go with coffee and donuts; a closed castle and free self-guided tour; and unexpected live music with our dinner this evening. Change is not nearly so nice on a regular basis, like many of David’s later adventures. Thank you for calling the shots, and please help me to be patient and appreciate the flexibility. Please help my focus to change from control to contentment. To Your glory, and thanks! Amen.


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