Things seldom go according to my plans.
I'm learning to smile anyway!!
I was reminded of that Friday, when many things were going right for me to get to work early, with the plan of not having to stay late.
While I was on the treadmill, I read a devotional reminder from Scripture that God's plans are far superior to mine. The thought occurred to me it could still happen, and that my plans would go awry. But I didn't think so.
I was headed to my car early as planned, but it would not start. The battery was about dead. But as is often the case, I had so much to be grateful for. We have a boat battery in the garage that I could use for a jump-start.
The thing is, in the past, that disruption would have ruined my mood and likely my day. But that happens much less often now. And even when I needed a jump-start after work, as well, rather than be dismayed, I was grateful for jumper cables and a helpful co-worker.
That's just one tiny example from many that add up to a positive change.
That brings me to a couple of other things on my mind:
My biggest shame used to be a secret sin. Now, it's how inept I am at serving God by serving others.
A little over a year ago, I had no idea how I would break free of the sin. And then it happened. God sent an unexpected rescuer -- and I could not be more grateful.
So, I have hope God also is at work in my current area of shame.
I never stop praying, hoping and trying. Trusting. Giving thanks and praise.