The forecast said Sunny and 80. I knew it would be the perfect day for a picnic with my daughters. I made a plan to be available for them. We shopped the day before and I started packing the basket mid-morning. In the midst of that, God brought a friend to my mind.
"Wanna have a picnic today," I texted her. "Maybe later this week." was her reply.
She was having a bad day. Flat tire, broken flip-flop, pre-schooler in tow. It was a classic Monday.
I found out here little one really wanted to go to the park to play and offered to meet her there. We arrived with plenty of food, and an extra pair of flip-flops. Just what she needed, just when she needed it. But only because I had been intentional to be available.
Normally I am too busy for God. Too much work. Too much ministry. Too much house cleaning. Too much time online. Oh, and don't forget too much complaining about how much I have to do. This one day my ministry happened through strawberries, chicken salad, veggies and hummus. Oh, and flip flops.
It was so neat to watch the result of God's plan unfold. Who knows what He has planned for you today. Make sure there's a spot on your "to-do" list that says "Be available." Then, stand back and watch how you are used.
Terese Main is a morning co-host at Family Life, a network of nearly 70 Christian radio stations across New York and Pennsylvania (www.fln.org). She also provides imaging voicework for stations in Florida, California, Minnesota, Virginia and Wisconsin (www.themainvoice.com).