Luke 10:25-37 (NRSV)

25 Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus.  “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” 27 He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” 28 And he said to him, “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.” 29 But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan while traveling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii,  gave them to the innkeeper, and said, “Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.’ 36 Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” 37 He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”   

Proverbs 16:9 (NRSV)

9 The human mind plans the way, but the Lord directs the steps.

DEVOTION -Ellen M. Cardwell (California)

Peggy was home a furlough, and I looked forward to having coffee with her.  When she didn’t arrive on time, I wondered what was keeping her.  I knew she didn’t have a cellphone and couldn’t contact me.  Eventually, I began to lose patience.  Finally she arrived, appearing unhurried, and she apologized for the delay.  She explained she had been talking with someone who revealed a deep need.  Peggy took “our” time to respond, trusting that I would understand.

Admiration replaced an annoyance.  Like the good Samaritan.  Peggy did what she could to bring comfort to someone in need.  I asked her, “But how did you deal with your own feelings about being late?”

Peggy replied,  “I’ve learned to trust God to take care of it on the other end.”

Now when, through no fault of my own, I’m running late and have notified others of my dilemma, I’m learning to believe God is at work wherever I am heading.  Oftentimes, I learn the persons affected were either delayed themselves, or something came up to make the change welcome.  Delays are inevitable, but we have either act with frustration or believe that God is directing our steps.  Choosing to trust God’s timing produces peace.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Today’s plans are subject to change at God’s direction.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, we put today in your hands.  Help us believe that you will order our lives as we trust you with them.  Amen.