“'My food,’ said Jesus, ‘is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.’” John 4:34 

Nothing matters more than being in God’s will. It sustains. It nourishes. It satisfies.

I had spent the last few days writing at a cottage on Lake Erie, about seven hours from home.  Drinking in God’s word as well as the surrounding beauty was a pleasant “assignment” to say the least. All other responsibilities faded as I focused on the tasks at hand…. studying and writing.

Into this near-idyllic state entered a call from my husband reporting that he had taken my 87-year old mother to the emergency room. She was experiencing difficulty in her breathing, and it became apparent that she needed intervention. He had spent the whole day in the hospital with her as she underwent various tests, scans and x-rays. He had just returned home to call and tell me of the day’s events…

I began to apologize profusely when my husband stopped me. He assured me that he was doing exactly what God had planned for him that day. I could hear in his voice no frustration or weariness; I heard someone energized and satisfied, someone who sounded a lot like me. Both of us in very different situations, but both of us fulfilled as we embraced God’s particular will.

This incident helped me see that whether we find ourselves in a place of solitude or in the noisiness of an ER, whether our plans go exactly as anticipated or are drastically altered, only one thing brings satisfaction…

Choosing the food of His will.

Father help us always to choose Your will over our own. Amen.

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