Daily Devotional – 11/16/17 “Where is your attention fixed?”

I was watching an old episode of Grey’s Anatomy and a young man was bought in who’d been in an accident with his girlfriend. It was Valentine’s Day and the couple was arguing over the gift the boyfriend had given. It was a necklace. To the girlfriend, it was “another old necklace” and she’d expected an engagement ring. He kept saying to her, “you never even opened it,” but that didn’t matter to her because she was expecting the small, velvet box and that’s not what she got. His situation turned critical and when he slipped into a coma, she cried for him to wake up because now he was more important than a ring but it was too late, he died. While the intern was placing his personal items in a bag, she found the necklace, a locket and when she opened it; the inside said “will you marry me.” The girlfriend never opened the necklace because it didn’t look like what she was expecting. How many times have you missed out on blessings because it doesn’t look like what you’ve pictured in your head, pinned to your vision board or sketched in your journal? What have you thrown away, pushed out or walked away from that was actually meant for you simply because it doesn’t match your expectations?

Yes, I know you’ve been dreaming about your husband since college, pictured the house you’d live in and the car you’d drive, the business you’d start or the career you’d have but what if those expectations don’t measure up to what God has for you? What if your expectations weren’t high or big enough? Just what if, what you expected didn’t fit with your destiny? You have to know by now the plans God has for us may not fit within the vision we’ve dreamed, right? This is why His words say in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Beloved, His plans for us might not look like our plans. How do you see God’s plans? By focusing your attention on God. When Peter and John healed the lame man, they said to him, “Look at us.” The bible then says in Acts 3:5, “And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them.” Where is your attention fixed that could cause you to miss what God has for you? What you need may not look like what you expect. Don’t miss it!

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