I about fell over laughing when I read that sign. I was expecting the next words to be something, really, anything, else. On the way home, after buying a new sign for my collection of funnies, I talked to the girls about Psalm 90:12 where God says, “Teach us to number our days aright,
I used to hear people say, “Lord willing” and cringe a little because it seemed like such a cliché. But as I have gotten older, I have to admit those words now often come out of my mouth because they remind me and others that we are ultimately experiencing only the things that God allows into our lives.
“Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this city or that city, spend a year there, carry on business, make money.’ Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that,'” James 4:13.
It’s like James is saying, “You make your plans and go your way but say, “If the Lord wills.”
What a comfort two words can be. “Lord willing” brings peace because it reminds me of the confidence trust I have in the One who loves me most.
“Lord willing” helps me keep things in the proper perspective. God could easily have arranged the things of my life differently. But He orders my steps,
When you remember that He is in charge of everything that happens to you, suddenly the traffic jam that makes you late, the sick baby that kept you from getting dinner made, and the missed flight causing you to have to rearrange things, are all because my God is in charge of my schedule.
Of course, He could have cleared the traffic, healed the baby, and held the flight so you wouldn’t miss it.
In a nutshell, what I am saying is this:
When you let this truth seep into your soul you will find yourself saying, “Lord willing” because you are so deeply aware and so thankful that it is true.