Today's Devotional Thought
June 14, 2011 by Rachel Piferi
Preparing for Tomorrow
I attended a graduation last week at a local Christian school. Their theme for this year’s graduating class was, “Preparing Today for God’s Purposes Tomorrow” and their verse for this year’s class was II Timothy 1:8-9. Ever since the ceremony, I have been thinking of their theme and what it takes to prepare today for God’s purposes tomorrow.
So, how do you prepare today for God’s plans for you tomorrow?
First, we don’t really know what God’s purposes or plans are for us. We know that he has plans for us (Jeremiah 29:11), we just don’t know what they are. In fact, we’re even told not to worry about tomorrow, but to trust God to provide for and lead us (Matthew 6:25-34).
So, how do you really prepare today for God’s plans for you tomorrow? Have you ever tried to prepare for something that was uncertain?
I can remember traveling with my husband to see some of his extended family when we were first married. And, I remember trying to pack for our trip and asking him what we were going to be doing while we were there. He didn’t really know because no one had told him what we would be doing for the week that we were there. As a new wife and member of the family, I was very anxious because I didn’t know what to expect or how to pack the right clothes for what might be in our plans. So, do you know what I did? I over-packed! I took about twice as many clothes and shoes as I needed because I wanted to be prepared for whatever my new relatives had planned for us. I wasn’t exactly sure what they had planned, but I knew I wanted to be ready for whatever they asked me to do. And, as a new member of the family, I wanted to impress them by being flexible and open for anything they had planned for us.
Isn’t the same true for us with God’s plans?
You see, as I thought about this graduation theme, I realized that we don’t know what God has planned for us. Much like the unknown vacation I was going on when we were first married, I don’t know what my future holds. But, I do know who is planning it and I trust him and I know that I want to be ready for whatever God asks me to do. And, if I’m going to be ready, then I need to be ready for anything.
So, how are you ready for anything that God throws your way?
First and foremost, I think you need to be listening. I think you need to have regular quiet time where you read His Word and pray expecting to hear from God. He will not unfold every detail of his plan to you, but he will tell you the steps you need to take to move towards his plans for you. But, you will not hear his voice if you do not set yourself up to hear it. So, the best way to start preparing today for God’s purposes tomorrow is by having a daily commitment to spending time with him and listening for his direction. Listening for his advice on what you should pack.
In addition to listening for God’s direction, I think we need to be praying for a heart that is open to some radical plans. God calls people to do things that seem a tad radical at times. And, our hearts need to be open to following him into those uncertain, unbelievable, and sometimes uncomfortable places. So, preparing for his plans involves preparing our hearts to be open. And much like I wanted to impress my new relatives by being flexible, I desire so much to impress God by going where he wants me to go. God wants our utter, sold-out obedience and trust in him. And, this sold-out, radical obedience requires that we be flexible. It requires that we submit to his plans and purposes and not be stuck on just our own.
I want to live the theme of this year’s graduation. I want to be preparing today for God’s purposes tomorrow. I know that my preparation starts by knowing God and listening to him. And, I am committed daily to spending time with him and preparing my heart to be open to his plans for my life. God has plans for you and for me. And all he asks is that we open our hearts and our ears to hearing from him and following him into our tomorrows.