It is better to be quiet and thought a fool than open your mouth and remove all doubt.  In Biblical terms it is written in Prov 17:28, “Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.”  Those sentences are for me…

Have you ever planned to do something… thought through it… prayed about it… planned to follow through (God willing)… and then God prevents you from doing what you had planned?  Maybe not… but I think that’s what happened to me recently.  And it is humbling indeed…

I had been scheduled to speak this week and was given the freedom to choose any topic or text I wanted.  The topic I landed upon has been being working in and through me for weeks and I had a burden to speak about it.  Granted, it was a topic that could be controversial depending on your perspective.  I knew it would need to be handled with great care and caution.  But I was sure this was a good time and chance to present my thoughts.

So I wrote it out.  Mulled it over and over in my mind.  Then… the day before I was to speak I came down sick.  Very sick.  Upper and lower GI sick if you get my drift.  I was literally put to bed for three days.  Needless to say I was unable to speak to the group which of course kept me from speaking about what I would have spoken on.

The morning I had been scheduled to speak I got a clear message from… I believe… the Lord.  The message was, “Trust me.  I’m protecting you this time.  You may have thought it was proper, so I put you to bed to keep you from messing up royally.”  No, I didn’t hear God’s voice literally, but it was close enough.

Lesson:  The phrase, “God willing” is sometimes worked into our lives by God Himself.  So when your plans go awry or don’t happen as you wanted… trust that God was indeed protecting you!  Lesson: Just because you can say something doesn’t mean you should.  Lesson: There are sometimes God uses sickness, illness, or circumstances to protect us from ourselves.  When that happens, don’t get angry, thank Him.