The Upper Room devotional reflection for Wednesday, October 28, 2020 comes to us from Yanti H. Damanik of West Java, Indonesia
Mark 14:32-36 32 They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 33 He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled. 34 “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” he said to them. “Stay here and keep watch.” 35 Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. 36 “Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”
Proverbs 19:21 (CEB) Many plans are in a person’s mind, but the Lord’s purpose will succeed
My dream has always been to work for one of the world peace organization. I prayed for God to help me. Because I knew that having experience would make it easier to find a job, I planned to volunteer at the organization I hoped would hire me.
I was happy when I got a call from the organization inviting me to apply for a position. I was called back for the second, third, and final stages of the selection process. I felt confident that I would be accepted. But finally, they chose one of the other candidates. I was disappointed and angry. This was the dream I had spent so much time and energy preparing for.
Two months later, I learned of a Christian institution working for disadvantaged children. Though I was disappointed that God had not helped me achieve my original dream, I still feel that God wants me to serve others who are less fortunate than I am. I decided to apply, trusting that God knows what is best for my life. If I am not selected, it’s okay. Here I am, God. Use me.
Prayer Focus: Humanitarian Workers
Prayer: Dear Lord, give us courage to serve you in whatever ways and places we can, on every step of our journey. Amen.
Thought for the Day: God’s plans for me may be bigger and better than my plans for myself.
— Yanti H. Damanik
I experienced God’s call to ministry when I was in high school, but got distracted into a career in communications, journalism, and technical documentation. Then one day, my pastor told me about a new, extension seminary in Detroit. Thus, God put me on a path to fulfill my calling, reminding me that God’s plan for me was still available, if only I would follow down the path before me.