THE WISDOM IN SEEKING GOD FIRST
When my children were young, I dreamed of taking them to the “happiest place on earth” – Disney world. They grew up watching the Disney movies and I’d heard magical stories about the parks, but after doing a little research I was disappointed to learn that the cost of the vacation was so far out of our budget that even a small monthly savings plan would not give us enough money to pay for the trip while our children were still young. I briefly considered using credit, but thoughts of car repairs, and college expenses brought me back to reality and I realized that financing such a large amount would not be wise. I would need a miracle for my dream to come true.
With the Disney dream tucked away, we continued to take our summer fishing trips to South Carolina and we were never disappointed. We enjoyed spending time in nature with limited access to the outside world. We slept late and spent many hours in conversation while rocking on the porch of our rustic retreat. Swimming and biking were available, but what we enjoyed most was the slow pace of our days and reconnecting with one another without breaking the bank. Looking back now, I’m so thankful for those simple, peaceful vacations.
Recently I had the opportunity to experience that Disney vacation I longed for so many years ago. Spending the week with my niece and nephews was exciting, but I wasn’t prepared for the crowds at the park or the long wait times. There was so much to know about the Magic band, dining plan, and fast passes, that I felt I should have attended an introduction to Disney class prior to my vacation. Unfortunately, throughout the week I saw a lot of crying children and frustrated parents and way too many daddy’s wearing “grumpy dwarf” t-shirts. I was able to relate to these parents. They longed to give their children a fun experience just as I had. Thinking back on our budget friendly vacations, God showed me that my children desired my time and attention more than anything else.
I’m learning that just because something appears good does not mean that it’s God’s best for me and seeking God’s wisdom in all things should be my priority when making decisions.
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Matthew 6:26
During those times when we feel God has a pause on our plans and desires, we can know for certain that he has our best interest at heart. He is a good, wise, Father and He knows exactly what we need. His only request is that we trust Him. We may not know the reason for His delays now, but we can abide in HIS PRESENCE through the waiting period, and that is THE HAPPIEST PLACE TO BE.
Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Proverbs 3:6
Because you are what God says that you are! You are enough!
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Inspiring others to place their hope in Jesus is Jill Jessen‘s desire as she writes. Having received inspiration from daily devotionals for years, she appreciates writers who have shared their life with her. She believes we learn from living and that everyone has a story to tell. Jill and her husband Greg have three children and are now entering in to the “empty nest” phase of life. The birth of their first grandchild this year was a sweet reminder of Gods perfect gifts.