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Spiritual Robbery

From time to time, we will be featuring devotionals and blogs written by our own CVC ministry leaders. Our guest writer today is Lynn Lilja. 

Spiritual Robbery

By Lynn Lilja

When plans change

My planner held the usually penciled words for Monday: Cleaning and laundry. By early morning, the clothes swished around in the suds. Karl and June on morning radio kept me company as I did my work-out. 

The phone rang. A bit early, I thought. The caller ID read Ray, I picked up the phone. “Hi, Buddy.”

“I can’t go to work today,” my son said in a voice sounding stuffier and scratchier than usual.

“How long have you been sick?” He told me that his throat started hurting the day before.

Being a mom to a special-needs son adds responsibilities. There’s another layer of concern since he doesn’t live with us. I asked Ray if he wanted an appointment with his doctor. He agreed, and I told him I’d call him back.

There go my plans for catching up on housework, I thought. After being out of town the week before, I had hoped to concentrate on my to-do list.

I grumbled as I sat on hold for an appointment as more precious time passed. Finally learning of an opening early in the afternoon, I rushed to finish my exercises and quiet time that followed. I felt put out that my routine was interrupted. My prayer time seemed hurried.

The physician’s assistant found no fever or serious throat problem. We ran to the pharmacy for some over-the-counter remedies she recommended. The store didn’t stock the needed items, so another stop was added. By the time we headed back to Ray’s apartment and got him settled, the day was nearly gone. I felt frustrated.

During the drive home, I recalled part of Pastor David’s sermon the day before. He challenged us to notice when hard things rob us of our joy this week. I thought, I just got robbed. 

Pastor had also reminded us that we needn’t wring our hands at circumstances. The daily problems we face are not worth comparing to the glory that will be revealed in us. (Romans 8:18).

The rest of the ride, I focused on what went right about the day instead of chores I didn’t get accomplished. I thanked God for my son and for the PA who showed sincere concern for him. I prayed for healing. And I asked God’s forgiveness that I allowed events to upset me. By the time I arrived at home, I felt more at ease.

Proverbs 16-9

A planner is an indispensable tool for being where we need to be and managing daily tasks. When plans change, though, God reminds us that He is in control.

Proverbs 16:9 says, “In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.” Let’s not allow our dependence on schedules to steal our joy in simply trusting God.


Lynn and Steve Lilja moved to Antioch in July 2012. Before they even found a place to live, they knew CrossView would be their new church home, having visited while house hunting. Lynn is privileged to serve in CrossView's children's church. As regional speaker trainer for Stonecroft Ministries, she helps women share their faith stories one-on-one and at Stonecroft outreach events. Writing articles, devotions, and songs, Lynn published articles at Christiandevotions.us and Awana's blog and sells her cookbook, Get Cooking, at speaking events. Steve and Lynn can’t get enough time with their three children and four grandchildren.

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