Thursday, June 07, 2007

Before or After?

We have a pool and this year we have a pool service. When they come and do their job right, the pool is so clean and clear. For last two weeks, they have not done their job right. I have been calling to see what they need to do in order to do the job right.

Wednesday is our scheduled day. I got home yesterday and the pool was still 'dirty'. Well that just means there were leaves and other debris in the bottom.

So I called to see what time they 'came'. It should have been in the afternoon. Of course, since it was now after normal business hours, I had to leave a message on the answering machine.

Then we left to go get bar-b-q and run some other errands. When we returned home, the pool was clean. Beautifully clean.

We could not help but wonder if we had been skipped (again) and they sent someone out or was the pool guy really running that late that he did not get to our house until after 6:30 pm.

From our vantage point, it seemed that they only took action when we called. But more likely we must be the last stop of the day and he must have had a rough day.

Do you ever do that with our Loving Lord? "Schedule" Him to do something in your life...set expectations that He WILL do this or that? Then check-in and see that He 'hasn't done it'? Then you get all puffed up and call Him up in prayer and stomp your feet then walk away to do your own thing and come back and find that He did what you had asked?

Who gets the credit when that happens? Do you think "Well if wouldn't have complained to Him it still wouldn't be done"? or Do you recognize that He had His will and His plan in motion all along and you stomping your feet didn't change one thing?

Psalm 33:9-11 (New International Version)
9 For he spoke, and it came to be;
he commanded, and it stood firm.
10 The LORD foils the plans of the nations;

he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.
11 But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever,
the purposes of his heart through all generations.

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