I am the director of our small Sunday School program at Faith Community Church. Our church currently meets in a middle school, and the Sunday School has been meeting in the band room. We were informed this past week that we no longer could meet in the band room; they were moving us to the choir room.
As much as I like to think I am flexible and open to change, I’m really not. I like comfort and convenience and knowing what is going to happen each week. Therefore, when I heard we would be moving Sunday School rooms, my not so flexible, outraged twin showed up. I pouted and complained, panicked and fretted over how it would all work out. I hadn’t seen the choir room, so I had no idea if it would work for us as a Sunday School room.
Irritated, frustrated, mad – a bit of that horrible entitlement problem reared its ugly head. How dare they decide where we can and cannot meet! We pay them good money to use their facility and they have no right changing the agreement on us!
Not exactly the righteous, honorable, humble woman God asks me to be.
I had been reading through Proverbs during the month of January – one Proverb a day. This room moving decision was communicated to me on Thursday, January 30. Friday morning, January 31, I read Proverbs 31. Yes, I know, how ironic. Interesting how God leads us to just the right place when we need a lesson.
“Strength and dignity are her clothing and she laughs at the time to come.”
– Proverbs 31:25
Strength and dignity were not the clothing I was wearing that morning and I definitely was NOT LAUGHING.
I left to walk the dogs. As I went along our regular route, I took the time to review all my frustration with the school for moving our sweet little cherubs. Grinding and grinding over and over in my mind. And suddenly, the Proverbs verse came back to me:
“. . . she laughs at the time to come.”
She laughs, it says. She laughs? I didn’t feel like laughing at the time to come on Sunday when we would have to move rooms.
But this is the Word of God and I do desire to live trusting that God’s word is true and as He asks, I obey.
So, I looked around to make sure no one was within hearing distance . . . and I laughed. Out loud. I laughed at the time to come.
God knows. God cares. God is in control. So if we are moving from the band room to the choir room, it is at the divine direction of the All-Knowing God.
My heart’s desire is to be clothed in strength and dignity all. the. time. Not just when life is convenient and comfortable and I know in advance how things will work out.
And as I clothe myself in strength and dignity, I can laugh with God at His plans and know and proclaim that His ways are higher than my ways and His thoughts are infinitely better than my thoughts.
This life is a grand adventure and God is a great and awesome God. I will worship along every step of the way . . . and laugh too!
And by the way, the choir room is just right.