At last! School has resumed, and the kids are back on schedule, which means my schedule can become a little more regular. My hope is that your schedules also become more regular. Yet this is also the danger of falling back into the regular schedule, as we get so busy doing the same thing every day we miss the wonder that God surrounds us with. Remember what God said about our schedules? “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will travel to such and such a city and spend a year there and do business and make a profit.’ You don’t even know what tomorrow will bring – what your life will be! For you are a bit of smoke that appears for a little while, then vanishes.” (James 4:13-14)
You only have to change the terms just a little bit, and you can put your schedule right in there. We try to plan ahead, put dates on calendars, and so on. But James’ caution is this, “Instead, you should say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.’ (vs. 15) James isn’t talking about lip-service here, or a phrase to write on your calendar. Rather, he says that not acknowledging the Lord in your day-to-day is akin to “arrogance. All such boasting is evil.” (vs. 16)
You are driving along to the store to pick up supplies for family coming in that evening, plans that you made weeks ago. You come across someone in trouble, a car is broken down and they need help. Your family is on their way. Your plans would have to change if you stopped to help. What would you do? Most people just drive on, because their plans have priority over other’s problems. How would you answer the Lord? Would you pass up the opportunity to bless others to keep your own schedule?
As we re-enter the season of schedules and schools, don’t forget to leave your schedule open for God to work through you. Don’t get so busy that you have no time for kingdom work. Your eternity depends on it.