When my oldest son Jack was 2, he would often fall asleep in hard to find places, the dog bed, a dresser drawer, in the closet, you name it – In an effort to find him, I was always saying with a LOUD Voice, Jack Pletka . . . COME HERE!
One day when we were out shopping, a lady knelt down and asked him his name, and with a resounding confidence he said: “My name is Jack Pletka Come Here! ” I about died with laughter. He thought that was his name.
While that’s a cute story, often times we think we may have the answer to something we feel strongly about. An idea that needs no counsel, because it seems like a no brainer. But you may be wrong. Just like Jack, confidently telling the lady his name was “Come Here” often times we may have a plan in our head – that seems to fit like a circle in a round hole; just because it fits, doesn’t mean it’s the correct answer for you.
Step back, talk it out, pray it out! Talk to friends who may have well thought-out advice on the subject. Your kids may be dating a GOOD guy, but maybe not the RIGHT guy. You may be placing your life savings into a GOOD idea, but not a GOD idea. This will make a huge impact on the story board of your life. Pause, seek good counsel and like Phil. 4:6-7 says: Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses ALL understanding, will guard your hearts and minds.
When I was 14, my parent’s started a business, in hopes of one day, providing a better future for the 4 of us. Times were tough and tight, but we stuck together; nothing was going to bring us down. With all the trucks, inventory, employees and building expenses, we went from eating bologna sandwiches to fried potatoes. Which, to this day I am still fond of.
Life, by all accounts had little margin, money was tight and time was even tighter. As the years went by, the business grew, but so did the bills. It typically takes 5 years to get a business off the grown and soaring; In 3 years, we were hovering. When it was time for me to go college, I know my dad was sweating. There was no money for school. We thought of all the ways we could make the money. We thought of every thing known to man, seriously. But each idea fell short . . . it felt hopeless.
That’s when my mom began to pray. She prayed Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Isaiah 55:9 As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts greater than yours. I’m glad HIS ways and ideas are greater. God has to really be on his game . . . if he’s gonna think of something greater than my ideas, because my imagination is pretty “up there.”
So guess what happened? You’re not gonna believe this. 5 years earlier, the Judge in our town, a friend of my dad’s, had asked him to handle the finances of a Vietnam Veteran who had medical problems and needed help paying his bills. My dad went above those obligations and began taking him to buy groceries, helping him shop for clothes, took him to doctors appointments and just helped the guy out, as life became more of a struggle.
Three months before college enrollment, the Judge called my dad into his chambers and said: “We have a problem.” The estate had not paid my dad for the last 5 years, for taking the Veteran from here to there and there to here. Dad had no idea he was suppose to be paid for mileage, which added up to over $18,000 dollars. Bam, my first year of college was paid in full. See, you can think of all the different ideas and ways of how something is gonna play out, but if you just pray about everything, presenting your requests to God, you’ll find peace that passes all understanding; his ways will be greater than yours, and he may send you someone named: Jack Pletka Come Here – to tell you that everything is gonna be alright!
Here’s to giving God the chance to write the Story Board of Your Life!