Thursday 18th April 2019 Prayer Devotion
Scripture Reading:- Jeremiah 29:4-14
Topic:- God Has A Better Plan For You
Text:- Jeremiah 29:11
A Photographer was with a group of adventurers for a week. He took great pictures of the Group on hills, valleys, seasides, meadows, forests and several other beautiful sites.
On the last day of his assignment, his Group met another Group, which also had a Photographer. The strange Photographer requested to take a picture of the first Group and immediately printed it and gave the Group Leader.
At the end of their tours, they paid off their own Photographer and told him that his pictures would be published in an International Magazine.
In curiosity, he wanted to know which of his pictures would be made the cover page picture. He was overwhelmed with sorrow when he heard that it was not any of his pictures that would make the cover page, but the picture of the other Photographer who just snapped them one shot. “Your own pictures will not be good enough for the cover of our magazine”, said the Group Leader.
This Photographer went home sad. He thought of his great work for a whole week. He didn’t know why the other Photographer’s picture would be the cover page while none of his pictures would be used. His sorrow lasted several weeks and he felt he had failed even at his best.
Three months later, the Magazine was out. To the amazement of the sad Photographer, he began to receive several calls from people who knew him and even those who didn’t know him. “We saw your picture on the cover page of an International Tourism Magazine.” They said to him.
In his curiosity, he reached out to a Store to buy a copy of the Magazine, and the first picture he saw was the cover page. To his amazement, of all the pictures taken by the Group, this was the only picture in which he appeared with his camera hanging on his chest. He had been doing his Profession with skill, which made him not to appear in any picture except the one taken by the other Photographer.
On the cover page, a caption was written: MEMBERS OF GALILEE TOURS AND THE GREAT PHOTOGRAPHER WILLIAMS WHOSE BEAUTIFUL WORKS FLOOD EVERY PAGE OF THIS EDITION.
Inside the Magazine were the pictures he had taken on every page. Willie called the tour Group’s Leader to tell him he had seen a copy of the Magazine.
The Group Leader replied him, “You did such a marvelous job that our Group decided on the last day that we needed a picture with you to announce you to the world. That was why we told the other Photographer to capture us with you inside.”
Sometimes, we do not understand why certain things happen to us. We feel bad and condemn ourselves when indeed God has a better idea. His thoughts and ways are always higher than ours. Our lives are in His hands and when we feel disappointed, we should have faith in God. God does not always answer our prayers in the way we expect or want it, because He always has better plans for us.
Oh Lord God! The better plans You have for me, let it manifest henceforth by fire, in my life, in the name of Jesus Christ.
Happy Easter Week!