You know how I’ve been talking about flexibility lately?
Well this week was another one of those weeks. I seem to be having a lot of those. The funny part is that I was trying to catch up on my reading for the Bible study I’m involved in at church. Starting way back at four weeks ago (because that’s how far behind I am!), the lesson was on…FLEXIBILITY! I think Someone is trying to tell me something.
My favorite lesson was “Day 5” of the study, entitled, “Follow God’s Plans”. The lesson begins with the readings of Acts 10:9-48 and Acts 16:6-10. In both of these stories, God leads His people where He needs them to go–not necessarily where they planned to go. Wherever God has made His plan evident, He succeeds. It is our plans, as humans, that fail.
The next reading comes from Psalm 33:10-11.
10 The Lord frustrates the plans of the nations
and thwarts all their schemes.
11 But the Lord’s plans stand firm forever;
his intentions can never be shaken.
And lastly, from Proverbs 19:21:
21 You can make many plans,
but the Lord’s purpose will prevail.
Isn’t it true? As much as we try to plan out our days, our weeks, our years, and our entire lives, it is rare that everything goes as planned.
I can’t even tell you how many times I made all of these great plans…only to be deterred. I was going to go to a college four hours away; I ended up at a college close to home. I decided on a major in Business Administration (I hated it!); I ended up in Professional Writing. I planned to do whatever I wanted; I ended up with a baby. And then a husband. And two step daughters. And then another baby. And here I am. I planned to be a lifer at my former employer; here I am seven months later, spending more time with my kids, getting more done at home, doing Gods work, and blogging on the side. Oh, and selling Thirty-One! (Can’t forget that!)
How different my plans were from God’s!
As much as it is frustrating to have our plans thwarted by circumstances we can’t control, try to remember that God may just have different plans than you do. Hang on…you’re in for quite a ride!