Fresh Hope – Day 149

I’m writing this fromĀ a hospital waiting room, with my mother-in-law.

I got up thisĀ particular morning at 6:30 and after a ‘not so quick’ two mile jog, I started my prayer time, read the Bible and set out what was going to be a busy day of meetings, appointments and writing.

I arrived at my office for 9 o’clock and got straight to work.

By 11 o’clock, my plans had gone completely through the window; a phone call meant that I needed to get my mother-in-law to the hospital.

As I was driving the short journey with her in the car, she apologised for the inconvenience and spoke about the three day break that we were due to take her on the next day, wondering if she would still be able to make it.

I found myself battling in my mind with all the ‘important’ things that I had to do that day, but then resolved that although this ‘inconvenience’ was not on my agenda, it was the only important thing that really mattered right now.

I quoted to her the familiar verse that I felt was going to make the difference between turmoil or peace for the remainder of the day…

Romans 8:28 ‘And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.’

That settled my heart and made being inconvenienced a simple diversion for the greater good.

Looking around the waiting room, I knew that I’d arrived on a mission field that I hadn’t planned for.

Whatever interruptions may come your way today, see them as a new opportunity rather than an inconvenience.

PS. As I was leaving, I met a lady that had no money to buy a cup of tea. I was able to escort her to the cafe and treat her.

Maybe I was just there to help brighten her day?

Pastor Mark

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