No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good,

and this is what he requires of you:

to do what is right, to love mercy,

and to walk humbly with your God.

Micah 6:8 (NLT)

Do you ever notice that sometimes things don’t turn out exactly like you think they will? Mark headed off to Memphis to spend some time with his mother after she took a fall and injured her knee. Since she is 91, she doesn’t bounce any more and found herself in rehab for a few weeks. However, a trip that we thought was going to be five days stretched into two weeks once he arrived and assessed the situation. After looking over my empty calendar, I decided to have a girlfriends lunch. I enjoy entertaining and it would give me purpose in this quiet week. My table seats six but I couldn’t seem to fill it. Either people were away or plans already made and I was one person short. After a couple of tries, I decided that God just wanted me to have five.

Over a simple salad and bread, it didn’t take long for a lively conversation to begin even though these ladies did not all know each other. Love began to flow freely from one to another as the life stories unfolded. One is a relatively new widow, one has a husband with multiple injuries after an accident, one is raising her granddaughter, one is a pastor’s wife. Each of us has experienced the ups and downs of life but now in the fourth quarter, we see the footprints of God in our lives and know the best is yet to come.

So many times, I have asked God what he wants me to do and the verse in Micah answers the question. This week, it was to have a luncheon. I rotate tag lines after my signature in emails and right now, I am using:

Live simply, love generously,

care deeply, speak kindly,

and leave the rest to God.

Sounds like the modern day version of Micah to me. What better way to sum up our daily walk with Him. Have a good one!