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Deborah Yemi-Oladayo is from Lagos, Nigeria. SHe is one of our contributing authors for our daily devotionals.

When God Interrupts Our Plans

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For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughtsIsaiah 55:8, 9

My parents wanted me to become an Economist but I wanted a career in Mass Communication. I set off, weighing my options and chances without consulting God. Then came series of delays, disappointments and frustrations – God had a different agenda. Neither my parents’ plans nor mine met His priority list. He knows the future; He has a different assignment altogether wrapped up for me. The best way to make this happen was by allowing my arrangements to be interrupted through orchestrated disappointments so that, His divine will could be done in my life. Today, I am happy and fulfilled – God has positioned me where I am meant to be.

Can you relate to my story above? Are there times you got stuck with your aspirations or life pursuit? Your answer is simply the same as many others out there. Life is filled with dreams, and cravings. Daily, we find ourselves engrossed with lots of desperate visions. Little do we truly consider the future validity of our longings in the light of God’s purposes for us.

Pause and ponder over some disappointments you’ve encountered in life. Do you think they all happened by mistake? There are such disappointments that happen in life that were allowed by God to stop us on our tracks and prevent us from making grave mistakes. It could be disappointment in our relationships, carrier path, where to settle down, who to marry or businesses to engage in.

God is an All-Knowing God who sees the end from the beginning. Human beings are limited in their knowledge and see just the present. In our text above, the phrase “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts” connotes the huge disparity between God’s wisdom and our limited understanding. We are confined to our little thoughts while God is universal.

It is not all problems and disappointments that are destructive. Lots of them are organized compasses that redirect us to our places of purpose. What are you presently passing through? Heart break, delays or inexplicable circumstances? I want to encourage you that, there is a message behind that heartache. Like a loving father, God is protecting you from an unseen havoc. It might seem painful right now but, if you choose to obey God and let Him have His way, you will be happier at the end.

LET GO AND LET GOD
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By Deborah Yemi-Oladayo
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Someone Needs Your Love

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1 Thessalonians 5:11

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up.”
1 Thessalonians 5:11

A lot of people we meet daily, walk around with plastic smile on their faces but with heavy hearts. Beneath their designer clothes and expensive accessories lies a broken and shattered person who longs for someone to share his/her thoughts with.

As little and insignificant as a warm smile and kind words might seem, they can be the emotional healing someone is longing for. Have you ever passively said things like, “it’s going to be alright” or “God will see you through” to someone and their faces light up like one who was rescued from drowning? Really, some people go through bad times, difficult moments, loneliness and deep financial crisis but, still appear like any other in the streets. Be mindful of how you treat people.

It is possible that, you might also be experiencing some slippery times in your own personal life or relationships. At such times, God expects you to exhibit your spiritual maturity by reaching out to people in same kind of need and exhort them. There was a period in my life that, I was out of job and needed one desperately. To my amazement, people started approaching me with resumes, asking for prayers and needed to be encouraged. Initially, I felt reluctant to respond to them. I was like, ‘what will I tell these guys?’ but when I yielded to the Spirit’ promptings, prayed with and encouraged them, I totally forgot I was even searching for a job, God gave me peace.- whatsoever you sow into the life of others, God will multiply in your own life.

Therefore, your empathy, a loving smile, words of encouragement or even a handshake can go a long way into assuring those going through challenges that someone do truly care for them. We are to be like Jesus and shine as light into the blurred areas of people’s lives. Do not let today pass by without showing practical love to someone in need.

MEDITATE ON THIS: You are an answer to someone’s prayers. Help them to live.

By Deborah Yemi-Oladayo
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