God connects the dots
“Only I can tell you the future before it even happens. Everything I plan will come to pass.” Isa 46:10 NLT
One day a businessman called his wife to say that he was bringing a foreign visitor home for dinner. His wife had three children in school and one preschooler at home, so she had a full workload. But she consented, and the meal she prepared was both delicious and graciously served. The foreign guest, an important official in Spain, had a delightful time and thanked the couple repeatedly for inviting him and treating him to a home-cooked meal and an evening of family warmth and fellowship. Years later, friends of this family went to Spain as missionaries. But their work was brought to a standstill by government regulations. When this particular Spanish official got word that the missionaries were friends of the couple who’d hosted him in such a gracious manner, he used his influence to clear away the restrictions on their behalf. As a result, a vibrant and growing church was built in that province of Spain and people were won to Christ. Why? Because a busy wife and mother was willing to set an extra plate for a guest at her dinner table, and that guest proved to be a “kingdom connection.” Like a wise businessman, God sets the goal, then determines the plan required to reach it. In His Word He tells us: “I am God…declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure’” (vv. 9-10 NKJV). In other words, God connects the dots.