Loretta Young has always been one of my favorite actresses. During the holidays Danny and I watched Come to the Stable, a movie about two French nuns who come to a small American town and involve the townsfolk in helping them to build a children's hospital.
They had a mandate given to them from God. As they began working God’s plan, they weren’t exactly welcomed everywhere they went. They were told by people, including their leaders, that it couldn’t be done. Some of the people they met along the way worked hard to stop them. But they kept going forward because they felt that was where God wanted the hospital to be. They even made people mad! They were accused of working against people, yet all the while they were just getting orders from the Lord and expecting Him to work it out. They continued working towards the goal, never letting resentment or animosity work into their system. They never let anyone’s doomsday predictions become their focus. They just kept smiling and kept expecting God to honor His plan.
As the deadline approached it looked like their plans weren’t going to be finished, they were told they would be relieved of their duties and sent home. They did not retaliate, fuss, fume, insist or manipulate. They just prayed and kept trusting God. Guess what? God honored their fidelity and commitment and the Children’s Hospital became a reality. God used two women who were not considered to be important at all but because of their prayer life and their expectations that God would answer they fulfilled their calling.
Oh beloved, perhaps you’re thinking, “That’s just a movie”. But God wants to reveal His plan to you! He has a marvelous plan for your life and even if it seems small to you, His plan is out of this world! He has promised to work through your faithfulness in the face of mocking, despair, antagonism and more. He promises to work around your hurts, your brick walls and your foes. Maybe you’re in the middle of His plan and like the nuns, you’ve run into obstacles. Don’t walk away now! Don’t quit! Don’t throw up your hands! For God Himself is with you! You may consider yourself to be insignificant, restricted, unable or more, but God’s plan transcends your mortal weaknesses.
Run to the Lord this morning and seek His face, for surely He is calling you and surely He is able to perform that call all the way to its completion! He loves you and He’s on your side to work and to will His plans on your behalf for the Gospel and for your blessing. Just pray and hang on, for what God says He will perform and that’s all that really matters!
Proverbs 16:9 We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.
Psalm 37:23 If the LORD delights in a man's way, He makes his steps firm (NIV)
Psalm 90:17 And may the Lord our God show us His approval and make our efforts successful. Yes, make our efforts successful!