Advent Reading- Day 21


Saturday, December 19, 2015 

For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. Jeremiah 29:11 

My older son was turning eleven and we were planning a birthday party at the waterpark! I filled my van with boys in bathing suits and flip flops and headed out for fun. We ate pizza in the car so we could have more time swimming at the waterpark.

The conversation was lively; the boys were interested in topping one another’s stories. They began discussing chemistry experiments gone wrong and explosions. That led to talk about impacts and destruction. If you have boys you understand how this happens. The boys all knew one another well except for one child. I knew that this boy’s mother had been killed in a car accident the previous year, leaving a husband and several children behind to live their lives without her. The boy in my car was as exuberant as the rest. Then the topic of car accidents came up. As a mom, this had me scrambling to change the subject: I wanted to protect him from this topic. Trying to change the subject, I pointed to a sign saying, “Hey, look over there.” However, my conversation was not nearly as exciting as what the boys were discussing.

Then the boy spoke up from the rear seat of my van. “Mrs. Seymour, I know what you are doing. You can try to change the subject but I know God has a plan and he knows what he is doing. It is alright. I trust God….You can let us kids talk about wrecks.”

It was at that point that I knew…God does have a plan and he knows what he is doing. Leave it to a child to teach me that! This mantra goes through my head often…God has a plan and he knows what he is doing. 

-Mary Seymour 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank you that we can learn from others about your love and your provision for us. Thank you for the voice of the child reminding me that you have a plan for each of our lives. Sometimes circumstances are difficult, but if we trust in you we will be able to get through these difficult times. Your plans are ultimately good for us. Even when we don’t understand why difficulties come to us, please help us to remember you have a plan. Help us to be a beacon to others. Amen.