June 7, 2019

A few years ago three couples from Hilltop had an event planned out for Cleo and I. Their plan was to take us to Famous Dave’s in Fargo for an evening meal. That part of the plan we knew about. What we didn’t know was that they had sent Jeremy an airplane ticket so that he could fly to Fargo from Salem, Oregon where he was working and going to school. He would dress up as a waiter at Famous Dave’s and then come to wait on our table. It was a wonderful plan and a great surprise. Cleo and I were looking at our menu’s and we heard this voice say, “My name is Jeremy and I will be your server tonight.” Our heads shot up quickly because we both recognized the voice. Cleo did her delightful lady like scream and I was smiling from ear to ear. Our three couple friends laughed with delight. Yes it was a wonderful plan and it worked to perfection. Every now and then Cleo will say, “Do you remember that day at Famous Dave’s.” And then we both smile at the special memory.

2 Timothy 1:9–10 (NLT) — 9 For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus. 10 And now he has made all of this plain to us by the appearing of Christ Jesus, our Savior. He broke the power of death and illuminated the way to life and immortality through the Good News.

God had a wonderful plan for all of humanity. His plan was to have Jesus appear as our server. As a server Jesus would serve us by giving up his body to pay the penalty for our sin. We didn’t deserve this service just like Cleo and I didn’t deserve what our friends planned for us. It was their plan. And they got just as much of a thrill out of that plan as we did. We did nothing to earn the gift of Jesus just like Cleo and I did nothing to earn the ticket that brought our son home. He came home because of the love and graciousness of our friends. Jesus came because of the love and grace of Father God. When you think of love and grace doesn’t that put a smile on your face? 🙂 I’m sure the Father got just as much of a thrill out of this plan as we did. Knowing Him he was even more thrilled.

Zephaniah 3:17 (NLT) — 17 For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”

Because of Jesus death can no longer hold us. Jesus took it’s power away when it couldn’t hold him. Yes we will all die but we don’t have to fear it because we know we will be raised to life just like Jesus was. That is part of what it means that he illuminated the way to life and immortality. He showed us that His experience will be our experience. And that my friends is tremendous Good News. Go and surprise someone with this God planned Good News.

Be Inspired Hilltop!


  1. Mary Anne A Frank says

    In Ephesians 3 Paul also talks about God’s “mysterious plan” and that he (Paul) was given the “privilege of telling the Gentiles about the endless treasures given to them in Christ Jesus” .(vs 8)
    I am reminded today that telling about God’s plan is a privilege granted to us. I am often more worried about what people will think rather than seeing what a privilege it is to share with them the endless treasures in Christ.
    Thank you again for reminding me today.

    • Daniel Mueller says

      The enemy also knows what a wonderful plan this is and so he will do anything in his power to discourage us from telling others.

  2. Mark Gundersen says

    Just as Christ took a break from heaven due his Father’s love for him, Jeremy took a break from college due to his father’s and mother’s love for him. Agape love does not look for it to be returned but does provide a good example.