highway at night

, | 14 Feb 2022 | by GEM

Unchanging Plans

by Glenda Alvord Rudat

Key Verse:   “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” 

– Joshua 1:9, NIV 

Things are changing, Lord…so quickly that I can’t even keep track. 

Each day’s news brings new changes.

My children are changing.

My relationships are changing.

My responsibilities are changing.

I like sameness, Lord…dependability…knowing what to expect of my family, my world, myself.

Change is a part of life, my child. Through it you grow in your dependence on me; you grow in trust. 

I do not change. 

My plans for you do not change.

Interestingly within hours of recording those words, I would experience an example of God’s sovereignty in the midst of unexpected Change when I RAN OUT OF GAS at night in the middle of a 5 lane interstate, during rush hour traffic. I who never let my gas level get below a third, ran out of gas!!!

Switching lanes in commuter traffic can be a challenge during the best of times but doing it while coasting with cars whizzing by left and right was daunting to say the least!  I managed to move over only one lane toward safety before I came to a halt at a slight angle with cars whizzing by within a foot. As I called 911, I glanced back and saw that a large pickup truck had maneuvered into place behind me at a protective angle. Emergency lights, like mine blinking away. (Thank you, Lord! Thank you, fellow traveler for putting your life and vehicle at risk to save mine. Lord, bless that man!!!) With nothing else to be done, I tightened my seatbelt, and settled in to wait for the cavalry to arrive. Within 20 minutes they were there in the form of WA State Road Rescue. Without even asking for an ID, they pushed me out of harm’s way, got me running again and on my way home.

As I left the gas station where I filled up, I began to see a connection to my morning’s writing. I knew I could easily have died on that highway and taken others with me in a massive pile up. But God was in control just like he has always been and always will be regardless of the earthly outcome.

Yes, Lord, I see your protection during that time in so many ways. It could have ended so very differently but you have a plan for me and gave me an experience to underscore that plan. Thank you, Lord!!! That, I won’t soon forget!!!

Reflection Verse

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 

–  Jeremiah 29:11, NIV 

Reflection Questions

  • What changes/challenges are you facing that give you reason for concern? Give you opportunity to trust they will prosper you and not harm you.

  • As you interact with God around these concerns, how is He responding?

  • How are you responding to His response?