Maybe I came out the gate a little too ambitious. Maybe I should have picked a different route. Either way, about 1 mile in, I feel that slow down hit. My pace was embarrassing. (I mean, I run with the jogger plenty.) At 2 miles I decided to stop and walk. I was so disappointed in myself. How could I not hit my goal? Then Jace chirps, "Mom, why aren't we running? Can we still go to the playground?"
Thanks Jace. LOL That is exactly what I need right now. Despite feeling salty, I devised a new plan. I would walk to a cul de sac, park the kids, and run around them. My pace....even worse. At this point I just gave up and walked the kids to the park.
Now, here's where the story gets good. Here is where I discover that my moment of disappointment was to serve a greater purpose.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him,
who have been called according to His purpose.
Romans 8:28 NIV
Jace starts playing with a boy his age. Me and the mother begin to chat. Casual conversation. The casual conversation coupled with God's grace (because let's be honest, his grace is were the good stuff happens.) built trust. A simple question answered truly, deeply, honestly led to a moment of revelation and healing. It led to an opportunity for prayer.
"My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts," says the Lord.
"And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.
For just as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so my ways are higher than your ways
and my thoughts higher than your thoughts."
Isaiah 55:8-9 NLT
There was no discussion of religion or doctrine. The discussion started with conversation of the comfort of the Holy Spirit. It led to revelation about God's grace and mercy fresh everyday. The discussion ended with assurance that Christ is a healer who makes all things new.
See how God did that?
"The rain and snow come down from the heavens
and stay on the ground to water the earth.
They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer
and bread for the hungry.
It is the same with my word.
I send it out, and it always produces fruit.
It will accomplish all I want it to,
and it will prosper everywhere I send it."
Isaiah 55:10-11 NLT
I'll take a failed Jocelynn plan any day, to be part of a successful God plan everyday! I am blessed and honored to continue praying for this family. I believe God is working fervently in their lives.
What's your moment?