Happy Canada Day!
This year it may look somewhat different in how we celebrate our country. We may not be able to do the things we usually do or were planning on doing. Let’s celebrate, anyway! We live in a free country! Even if our freedoms have been restricted by our government in recent months.
Has it occurred to you that this is all exactly as God is allowing things to happen? That none of it has been a mistake? God makes no mistakes (unlike all of us). He puts in power the governments that rule. No mistakes there. That’s a hard truth to accept at times. Times when we want things to be different. To have our own way. To control things. Only God is in full control. We can only control how we respond to him. To his teachings and promptings. That is the control God gives us. Our free will.
But no matter how we choose to respond to our circumstances, God does not make mistakes. Accepting his ways is much more fulfilling than fighting against it. Remember his promise from Jeremiah 29:11-14a “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord. I love the promise that he will listen to me. That I will be able to find him. If I seek him with all my heart. Through prayer.
He is around us, everywhere. So abundantly! In nature, in our family, in our friendships, in our neighbourhoods. Most of all, he wants to be inside of us so that we will rely on him in all that we do. So that we may stop doubting, worrying, being full of fear. When we trust God and acknowledge that he does not make any mistakes, ever, it will be so peaceful in our hearts and minds. We can make it through everything when we fully accept his plans for our lives. No mistakes in his plans. And when we are at peace with God’s plans for our lives, we can be his hands and feet to others in our lives.
Anita Van de Poll
Wife, Mom, friend and servant of others.