Daily Devotionals

Trust in God’s Plans for Your Summer

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Scripture: “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.” – Psalm 143:8

For many of us, in addition to work and our usual obligations, summertime brings a beach trip, time at the pool, a long-planned vacation, children at camp, mornings in a garden, and so many other seasonal rites. With three young children of my own, though, we’ve only been out of school for a few weeks, and we already have one family road trip and a couple of other long-planned excursions under our belt.

And here’s where I make an admission that embarrasses me greatly. With all that God has given my family, with the times of rest, relaxation and fun we’re given this time of year, I can still wander into jealousy territory. Jealous of another family’s vacation or envious of the ways others seem to have it all together, when our family’s day-to-day life seems to be a little less than organized this time of year. When I’m folding laundry or making dinner and my thoughts start to wander into this mindset, I try to realize that it’s rooted in evil.

We can make all the plans for summer fun in the world, but as Psalm 143:8 reminds me, I want to put my trust in God and in the plans he’d have for our family.

I know in my heart of hearts that envy isn’t what God, who has plans for good for my family, had in mind for me. Putting trust in God’s plans for my family in times of leisure is a small act of faith, but one that leaves no room for jealousy. And this year, I want to grow from jealousy into gratitude for the summer God planned for our family and ask for God’s help in allowing me to put my full trust in him.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help us to put full trust in the good plans you have for our families. The plans even for fun and relaxation are plans you’ve aligned. Let us express gratitude, and forgive us for looking with envy at any plans but the plan you’ve laid before us. Amen.

Submitted by Katie Alice Walker