five minute friday :: tomorrow
by Jana Kennedy-Spicer on April 17th, 2015

​Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 
Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 
Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” 
James 4:13 – 15

​Today is five minute friday...  that's when a bunch of blogger friends gather together at Kate Motaung's place to write about an everyday average word for only five minutes. So follow the link and join the conversation.  Today's prompt is :: tomorrow


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​Grand plans.
 
I had made grand plans and expected grand results. But instead … it fizzled into nothing.
 
It was like a scene out of a B western, the fuze was lit and the anticipation built as the dramatic music played in the background and the camera moved back and forth between the image of the sizzling fuze burning inch by inch and the excited expectant faces of standers by. The burning fuze. The excited faces. The burn fuze. The excited faces. Closer. Closer. The spark of the fuze reached its end, the climax was built and everyone was prepared for the big big…… fizzle.
 
Nothing. Huh? Nada. No bang. No nothing.
 
Isn’t that how is goes sometimes? We plan and plan and then it falls through?
 
We are warned of this in James, he cautions us in making our plans for tomorrow, because we don’t even know if we will be here tomorrow. 
 

“You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”


​So do we not make plans, do we just wake up and live like a dandelion, going wherever the wind blows?
 
I don’t think so. James doesn’t tell us NOT to make any plans, he cautions us about our attitude about making our plans.
 

​“You ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”


Heartcheck: If I am prioritizing the Lord’s will over my own will shouldn’t it make a difference in how I make my plans?
 
When I was planning my tomorrow, I thought I was planning for God’s will. I mean, I was planning something I felt He had told me to do.
 
But when the big fizzle occurred, the big disappointment moved in. It was personal. And it only took about a nano-second for the disappointment to turn to resentfulness and then full on bitterness.
 
If I’m making plans truly with the attitude of “if it’s the Lord’s will” then I will be accepting of the Lord’s will – especially when it turns out that His will is not my will.

There may still be disappointment because expectations were not met, but instead of personal resentfulness and bitterness, I should still be expectant of the Lord working out His will.
 
He knew when I made my first step of His assignment what the outcome would be.
 
After all, my tomorrow is already His yesterday. 


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Blessings Soul Friends,

​​Jana Kennedy-Spicer  is a blogger, graphic artist, Bible teacher and speaker passionate about inspiring & encouraging women on their daily walk with Christ.   ​
Read Jana's testimony.


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2 Comments

Sarah Lowther Hensley - April 17th, 2015 at 10:42 AM
Great post! I could see the scene with the lit fuse. :-) Keep up the good work. -Sarah (stopping by from Five Minute Friday.)
Jana - April 17th, 2015 at 11:16 AM
Thanks Sarah!! and Thanks for dropping by! Blessings
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