I have never been a spontaneous person. I have planned things as long as I can remember. I had my life all planned out. And when things didn’t go as planned, I just moved to plan B. Yes, I always had a plan B. I thought I knew what was best for my life. It seem to be working for a while. Then in 2016 I had what I call my wilderness experience. I tried plan B; but my plan B did not stand a chance up against the wilderness! In hindsight, I feel like God was trying to get my attention. And He did!
There is nothing wrong with planning, if you are getting direction, advice and guidance from God. God’s plan comes with total submission to His will and authority in our lives. There was a time when that would have been hard, giving total control to anyone, even God. I thought I knew what was best for my life. He had to take me down a notch. I had to learn, I don’t control nothing, God does!
Our plans are self-satisfying, temporary, and usually separate us from God. People, circumstances, and satan can interfere with our plans. But God’s plans will always prevail! God’s plan for our lives are peace, prosperity, hope, and a future with Him. When we follow God’s plans, there may still be detours and delays on our journey. We will face obstacles, persecution, hurt, pain, rejection and suffering. When we are following our plans, those things can catch us off guard and we become anxious, depressed, and overwhelmed. However, God is never caught by surprise. If we are following God’s plans, He will be there with us, guiding us through it all. Before I ended up in the wilderness, I was following my plan. The wilderness was not in my plans, so I didn’t know what to do when things started happening. Once I submitted it all to him, he was right there with me. I know He could have made everything right again instantly, but instead He stayed there with me and gave me strength to endure.
As Christians facing difficult situations, we can take comfort in Jeremiah 29:11 knowing that it is not a promise to immediately rescue us from hardship or suffering, but a promise that God has a plan for our lives and regardless of our current situation, He will work through it and everything will work out for our good. What I thought at the time was the worst thing that could have happened, I now know was the best thing! He is the God of second chances. I no longer need a plan B. I know God’s plan for me is eternal, and full of hope, joy and peace, even in the mist of life’s storms. What do you do when God’s plan does not align with your plan? I encourage you to go with God’s plan, it is always better! Love and Blessings…
“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.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:11)