Isaiah 55:10-13 (KJV)

10 For as the rain cometh down , and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud , that it may give seed to the sower , and bread to the eater : 11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please , and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. 12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. 13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off .   

Psalm 31:25-15 (KJV)

14 But I trusted in thee, O LORD: I said , Thou art my God. 15 My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies , and from them that persecute me.   

DEVOTION – Deborah Ross (North Carolina)

While I was preparing for work, the phone rang.  The message said schools in the area were closed again because of winter weather.  I was thankful that students and teachers would not have to travel on icy roads.  But as a teacher I had worked hard to prepare lessons for my students – lessons I would not be able to teach.  In my frustration, I remembered the verse from Psalm 31 which says, ?My times are in thy hand.”  I began to think of the day before me in a new way.  How could I best use this time?  Possibilities formed in my mind, including quiet time for prayer, scripture reading, and journaling.  I also found time for some neglected household chores.  Frequently I looked out at the falling snow and admired the beauty of God’s world.  My frustration turned to contentment as the day became filled with meaningful moments.

Ecclesiastes 9:10 tells us, “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.”  I wasn’t teaching, and the day did not go as I had planned.  But through God’s guidance, I still spent time doing meaningful work.  After all, my times are always in God’s hands.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Our times are in God’s hands, even when the days don’t go as we plan.

PRAYER: Dear God, help us to remember that when our days don’t go as we plan, you are still at work in life’s events.  Help us to trust you throughout each day.  Amen.