“For I know the plans I have
for you,” declares the Lord,
“plans to prosper you and not
to harm you, plans to give you
hope and a future.
Plans. I personally believe we are all planners to some extent. Think about it, when you were young you had a plan on what you wanted to do when you grew up. The older we got we made plans to attend a certain college or to start our “dream job,” to be living in a certain town or city, to have a family? But how many of us can honestly say our plans have worked out exactly how we planned them? I am sure along the way we stumbled on speed bumps that either directed us another direction or put a time restraint on the plans we made. A funny example, I am sure most have experienced. How many have planned out a vacation and nothing went according to plan as soon as you got there? Or how many plan out there week and suddenly get a call from the school that your child isn’t feeling well and needs to be picked up? Then we have to rearrange our day.
Have you heard the saying, “God laughed at my plans.” I think a lot of the time we get so consumed in mapping out exactly how we want our life to go that we tend to tell God instead of ask him. Sometimes we get so busy making plans that we let the enjoyment of everyday slip us by. Each day is a gift, and life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful. Sometimes when our plans are not going how we imagined them, it is God telling us he has a better route for us. I know when I used to plan out my life, I would be upset when it didn’t go just as I had planned. For example, as you all know when I lost my mom that was not in my plan. My plan was to be able to drop my son off at grandmas and develop that bond between grandchild and grandson. Was I hurt and angry when that plan didn’t work out? YES. My first year of having my son was filled with hundreds, yes hundreds of doctor’s visits. Was that in my plan? NO. Was I angry and upset my plan wasn’t going the way I wanted it to? YES. But in that time I realized when things are going wrong take a moment to be thankful for the many things that are still going right.Now, I know that is easier said than done, but remember that Gods plan is intended to hurt us or for us to become bitter, and want us to give up. His plan is intended to build us up so that we can be all we were meant to be. I look back now and see maybe it was better my mother was sent to heaven so soon, because she wasn’t happy. She was not in the mental state to be the best grandmother she could be. Now I can use my experience to help others who are dealing with similar instances. I know can see some of what God was doing. Is there still uncertainty? Sure, I think everyone has uncertainty on why our plans don’t go the way we want.
Maybe you are mapping out plans for yourself or for your children. Know that not everything goes as we intend and things happen. That is just life. Think about this, do you remember when Captain Sully landed the plane safely in the Hudson River? Do you think that the passengers and pilot said, “ Today we are going run into a fleet of Canadian geese and have a plane crash.” Of course not. But that is the perfect example of how the uncertain can just happen out when its not what we had planned. I promise God’s plan is far better than the plan we have for ourselves even if we don’t understand his plan at the time.
Gods plans are almost different from our plans but His plans are always perfect. Have patience to wait on His timing instead of forcing our own. When things don’t workout they are not working for a reason. I challenge you today to reflect and think of something you are forcing right now to conform to your plan. Ask God if it is his will. Remember to enjoy each day as it comes the planned and unplanned. Don’t spend all your days planning something that will most likely not go accordingly.