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God Has Plans For Us - Wednesday, March 8 - Lenten Devotional 2017

 Gayle and Don Horton

Gayle and Don Horton

God Has Plans For Us
Wednesday March 8
Don Horton, member of RPC since 1986

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." - Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

A couple of years ago I found myself asking the question "Have I made a difference in anyone's life? Am I even relevant anymore?" My business was going well. I had numerous successes through most of my life. My kids and grandkids were very special to me and I to them, but for some reason I just didn't feel like I was making a difference. I had attended a funeral of someone I knew and many wonderful things were said about him. I began asking the question, "What would people say about me?"

When I would pray and meditate, I would often ask God what he wanted me to do with the rest of my life. I would sit in silence hoping to get an answer. Answers did not seem to be forthcoming. About the time I was ready to quit praying about it, an unusual series of events occurred.

I was hosting a meeting of several HOA presidents and members of the Roswell community to strategize about how to deal with some important issues concerning the city. The conversation suddenly changed and people were trying to convince me to run for City Council. Never in a million years could I imagine myself running for a political office. I had no idea where to begin that journey.

That is when I realized God was finally speaking to me. He sent a room full of people to try to convince me to do something that was the furthest thing from my mind. And they were a willing team that would work hard in the effort. I was even more convinced that this was God's plan for me when, with five candidates in the race for the open seat, my team prevailed without a runoff.

There is no question in my mind that God always has a hand in my life and that I need to be open to the unexpected that he sometimes places in front of me. He has certainly placed me where I can make a difference.

Lord God, there are times when we doubt your presence or that we doubt you are in control. But as we look closely at our past we can often see that you have had a hand in our future. Lord, give us the confidence that you are there guiding our journey and the wisdom to know that you have prepared the path before us. In Jesus' name, Amen.

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