Deo Volente is Latin for God Willing. “See you next week...God willing.” “I’ll be starting a new job next month...God willing.” “One day, we will marry...God willing.” It’s a good way to think of things, very Biblical in fact.
How many times have we made our own plans, and forgotten that God is in control? Do we plan, schedule, and move ahead, without seeking God’s will and His timing? Of course we do! But we shouldn’t. We can’t know what God has waiting for us. If we are wise, we will ask our Father and follow Him into our futures. Sometimes down the road, sometimes down a very long road, we will see the results of what God is willing to do. We might think it is in our plan—but when we know it is God’s, it is even more fun because we can give Him all the praise and glory He is so deserving of.
Years ago, 23 to be exact, I was on a racquetball court in Germany with my friend, Deb. She was probably beating me, as usual, but I always put up a pretty good fight. She stopped in the middle of our play and looked at me. She said, “My best friend is pregnant!” Her friend was 40 years old, and this was her first child. It was very exciting! I barely knew Deb at the time, but I was happy for her friend. I didn’t think much of it for quite a long while. As the years went by, Deb and I got to know each other very well, and even now, 23 years later, we spend a lot of time together. She lives in Florida, and I live in California, but our friendship works by flying back and forth.
On my most recent visit to Deb’s house, she had other guests arriving for the night. Our visit would overlap by one night. What a blessing it was to meet Alex and Matt—two young college students—Alex studying to become a Pharmacist, and Matt working toward Internal Medicine. They had come to Florida on Spring break. As we sat across the table from them, it was such fun to look at Alex with his curly red hair, and remember that moment on the racquetball court when Deb told me his mom, Pam, was pregnant. Only God knew that 23 years later we would share a meal in Florida.
Searching And Noticing the Divine should always keep our eyes open for the Deo Volente in each day. I saw the results of Deo Volente in blessing Pam and Donald with a baby boy. I saw Deo Volente in spending time with that boy/man 23 years later. Deo Volente, Latin for God willing (abbreviated D.V.), should be in our daily prayers.
Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and 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.” As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil.
James 4:13-15 (NIV)