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  • 2021 May 17

God’s Plans Are Better

Read Ephesians 3:20-21

“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”

Reflect

In what ways has the Lord done things in your life that’s far better than what you ever imagined?

Pam had been able to care for her daughter Jan since she was diagnosed with severe cerebral palsy as a baby. But when she was sixteen, doctors recommended she be placed in the Children’s Center, a special needs long-term care facility in their city. She’d prayed to be able to take care of Jan as long as she lived. She never wanted to put her in a residential home. But because of her daughter’s critical medical needs and her growing size, Pam could no longer care for her at home.

God knew this mom’s heart and her limits, and she increasingly began to realize that’s why He made provision for her to be cared for in a better way than she could give. For Pam, accepting that provision brought a leap in faith and peace. 

On those days when Pam saw her daughter suffering and didn’t understand, she mirrored God’s word back to Him, such as: “Jan’s times are in Your hands … let me trust those times to You, Father” (Psalm 31:15). or “Thank You, Father, that You have given Your angels charge over Jan to guard her in all her ways” (Psalm 91:11). As she prayed the promises, God increased her joy as she learned to trust Him one day at a time.

Besides visiting Jan daily at the center, Pam found tremendous ways to help the other parents of handicapped children there and began to work part-time for their church. God further widened her ministry by opening up opportunities to speak to women’s groups and write a beautiful book about Jan’s life.

Through seeing Pam’s life unfold, I’ve been reminded that when we let go of our expectations and are open to what God has planned, He doesn’t do less but more, Ephesians 3:20 says. More than you could ever ask, think, or imagine, according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

Pray

Lord, help me to trust that Your plans are better—even when I don’t understand them. Help me to trust You. Amen.

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