God's Plans Never Truly Go Awry
17th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)

Jeremiah R. Grosse
Reproduced with Permission

So much in life is unpredictable. We read in the paper about someone passing away in the prime of their life as we make plans for the future and convince ourselves that it would never happen to us. As Robert Burns said in his poem entitled, To a Mouse, "The best laid schemes of mice and men, they often go awry."

We have the story in the Bible of the man who asked what he should do with all his grain. He said to himself that he would pull down his barns and build bigger ones to store all that he had. That night God came to the man and said, "You fool, this night your soul will be required of you and who will inherit all that you have?"

Psalm 145 is an example of an acrostic psalm which is not evident to those who cannot read the psalm in the original Hebrew. Each line of the psalm begins with a successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet. One of the main themes of this psalm is its orderliness and structure. Unlike the plans we make, God's plans will come to fruition according to His time and nothing will interfere with those plans.

All of God's works with praise Him and His faithful ones shall bless Him. His faithful shall talk of the majesty of God's kingship and make His might known to all. The eyes of all His faithful look to God expectantly and He gives them their food when it is due. The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in sincerity.

Just as an infant looks to her mother expectantly when she is hungry, so do we look to God. Just as a mother comes near to her infant child when he cries out for her, so is God near to those who call upon Him. A newborn makes no plans for the future, but is completely dependent upon someone else for everything that he or she needs.

Being raised to be independent men and women, it is difficult for most of us to become dependent upon someone else, especially if our desires are not fulfilled immediately. We want what we want when we want it. While God does not operate on our timetable that does not mean that our needs will not be met. In fact, God will provide us with more than we ever hoped for or imagined.