It’s been raining cats and dogs for the entire two weeks we have lived in our new house. Australians typically dry clothes outside on the line to conserve energy. However, I have already used my dryer multiple times due to this weather. The kids have been avoiding the soggy backyard at my prompting.
Needless to say, I was irritated when the forecast for this week was 80 percent chance of rain everyday AGAIN. I made all my Monday plans around it. For instance, I planned to walk and meet Brett at the busy intersection near his school so he wouldn’t have to cross alone while Greg had our car in Sydney. I hiked with the two toddlers in tow and our one umbrella hoping to avoid getting drenched. Contingency plans were in place to stand under the bus stop down the street if, at 3 o’clock, the rain was pelting us.
The imminent rain made me decide in advance to skip my workout with my running group. I did two loads of laundry Sunday night and dried them in my dryer in anticipation of it. I even predicted the school fundraiser would be cancelled since it’s an outdoor BBQ.
And, guess what? The SUN was out all day! Yes, even though my iPhone weather app said 80% chance of showers, the sky was blue at my house. Not one drop of rain fell. Nope, not one.
I planned my entire 24 hours around black clouds in the distance, which seems ridiculous now as my three energetic children played in the driveway all afternoon. The foreshadowing of the rain stole my good plans and then didn’t come to pass.
Even more ridiculous is that some of us plan our entire lives around projections made about us that aren’t actually true.
The teacher who predicted you would never finish school because your math skills were so bad kept you from University. Someone bullied you on the playground as a kid so your forecast showed no signs of strength; you have spent years letting people walk over you. A critical parent never encouraged you so you constantly try and please everyone around you to no avail.
The predictions you have lived with, if they are negative, are contrary to God’s plans for you. Jeremiah 29:11 says “For I know the plans I have for you. They are plans to prosper you, not to harm you, to give you hope and a future.” God’s foreknowledge is infinite. He created you for greatness no matter what foresight your earthly influences have. How many plans have been ruined or stalled out due to the prognostications of others? How many dreams were put on hold because fear caused the prediction to look bleak?
All the while, God’s SON is shining down on us.
Our horizon is clear and beautiful from where he sits. There are no storm clouds brewing to hold us back. No negative influence can thwart the love and approval of God that is over our lives.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39
I planned my entire day around a false premise. I wasted time online watching the hourly forecast. The truth was, I should have dried those clothes outside. Actually, our afternoon walk was pleasant and fun. My running group went without me and I missed out.
If I had just looked outside, I would have known the rain had stopped. If we will just look to the word of God, his voice and promises will lead us to a sunny future. Our chance of success is 100 percent when believe what he says about us.