THE BEST LAID PLANS Andy Hollifield 7-22-19
1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. (ALL SCRIPTURE USED IS KJV)
Have you ever just had one of those days? You know; the kind where when things start to go wrong the day just doesn’t seem to end. I had one of those this week. I’m not writing about it to complain but rather to prove that I am by no means super-spiritual. Anyone that knows me very well doesn’t need any more proof. Even when you have the best of intentions, things can happen to change even the simplest of plans. It pays in those times to remember Romans 8:28 “And we KNOW” (but sometimes we need reminding) that (ALL things) both good and bad) work TOGETHER (with each other) for GOOD (our best interest) to them that love God, to them who are the CALLED (God put you in a job) according to HIS purpose” (His purpose, not ours.)
The short version is this; God works everything in our lives to our benefit. When plans start falling apart it is sometimes hard to remember that. We even sometimes start thinking that if what we were doing was of God, we wouldn’t be going through those kinds of days. That sounds reasonable until you read the book of Job. He prayed and offered sacrifices for all of his kids and sent someone to sanctify them just in case they had sinned or would in the future. He did this each time his children held a big feast in each other’s houses. Job did everything he possibly could to intervene for his kids. Still, in spite of all of that, the day came that he lost all of his wealth. In a matter of moments, he lost all of his flocks, wealth, and even all of his children. One messenger didn’t get finished speaking before the next one came in with more bad news. What did Job do immediately following all of the bad reports? He worshipped! He realized his God was just the same yesterday as what he was that day. The bible has no guarantee for us that everything will be smooth sailing but rather God will always be with us. Contrary to popular belief; we don’t even have to like everything the Lord does. We just have to accept it and realize he is God and his ways are always right (Hosea 14:9).
As I mentioned before, sometimes our plans get waylaid by our adversary. Opposition and hardship isn’t necessarily an indicator that you are going contrary to the Lord’s will but often indicates you are right in the center of it. Just keep in mind that the devil doesn’t bother anything that doesn’t bother him. He knows his days are numbered and he doesn’t have time to waste.
On Friday, I went to South Carolina to get some stuff from Help 4 Kids to bring to their office in Swannanoa. I was supposed to go and hook to a trailer that was loaded and head back home. Considering that I am working for the Lord, I should have known it wasn’t likely to be that easy. The devil had to find a way to hinder. After all, a lot of kids would be reminded that the Lord loves them and provides their needs as a result of being given the food I was bringing back.
I arrived right at quitting time because I left here late due to some errands I had to have done by Friday. I immediately noticed the tire was low on the trailer. That was no big deal, I would air it up when I stopped for fuel as soon as I left. I hooked to it after considerable trouble which was my fault. I had forgotten to change the ball on my hitch and the one I had was too big. When I finally realized my mistake, I switched balls and hooked up to leave. I guess that’s what you get for trying to be in a hurry.
After I fueled and put the air in the tire I realized it was still way too low to the ground and too heavy to be safe and not damage the trailer. I headed back to Help 4 Kids to offload some of the food. After unloading about 100-150 cases of food onto another trailer and locking it up, I finally headed back to Florence where I had booked a hotel room for the night. It was now 8:20 PM. It had taken about two hours and forty-five minutes to offload the stuff in the 94-degree heat. The supper I had planned to have at Quincy’s in Florence was going to have to wait till another trip. Even though the trailer was still heavy, it was at least safe.
We had no further events this trip and it sure felt good to stretch out on that bed. That kind of heat is hard on an overweight, middle-aged, little fat man. We made it home on Saturday with no problem and was expecting to unload but only had to drop the trailer at Help 4 Kids building in Swannanoa, NC.
The moral of the story is this: If you are going to work for the Lord you can expect the devil to try to hinder. Things like that will happen and it is all just goes with the territory. On the flip side, it is times like this when you pay extra attention to what you are doing because you don’t want anything bad to happen due to carelessness. I have put too much on a trailer or loaded it wrong and created problems in the past. If you are going to haul anything from point A to point B these things will happen. The big picture though is this; hundreds of kids in western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee will be helped when Help 4 Kids delivers this food to them. The meal they might have missed will not be missed due to the ongoing efforts of the folks at H4K in both Swannanoa and Myrtle Beach.
There will be a lot of other trips and there will also be other problems. The devil will hinder again and get whipped again just like he did this time. God’s purpose will be accomplished again and hungry children will be fed again. I will probably have to offload some stuff again but that is better than a mechanical breakdown like I had once before. And just like this time and all of the times before, next time we will go at it with a good plan. It may get waylaid again but it will still get accomplished again in spite of the devil’s interference. Have you ever thought about how frustrated he must get to give his best effort at hindering God’s work and yet it still gets accomplished? You know, after writing all of this down, it doesn’t seem all that bad. It could have been a lot worse. Even when we face trying circumstances at times, with his grace God still has “the best-laid plans.” Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!