God’s Plan, Not Mine
“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 NIV)
For weeks I have questioned if God would fulfill his good promises to me. I mean why would he? He already took two great promises from me. Would he do that only to fulfill them later? Why? Sometimes it is so hard to understand why things happen. It is so hard to fathom how hurt could end up being anything but just awful distressing pain. It’s even harder to understand why and how the God who loves you so much, who you had relied on so much on, would let you down.
Relying on God is not just about relying on Him to provide what we want when we want it; it’s relying on God to see us through our good situations and our difficult ones. (Tough). It’s relying on God to know what’s best, and to provide for us how and when He thinks it’s best. (Ouch – like not in our time and according to our very-well thought out plan?) We were after all created for God’s purposes, not our own. While we are fulfilling His purposes, and delighting in Him, He did however promise to give us the desires of our hearts.
Often times I have heard that a set-back is just a set up for something great. It sounds good — catchy — even cliché as many times that I have heard it. But, maybe it is more than a catchy phrase and Christian cliché. I had plans, thought out plans, and yet apparently God had different ones, but just maybe God’s plans were not to disappoint me, hurt me, and strip me of my hopes and desires. Maybe it was to build me up, strengthen my faith, increase my gratitude for those around me, and place me in a better position to welcome my future.
Everything God does or allows has a purpose. Like the rain and the snow, sometimes they are inconvenient, messy, and even get in the way; but they water the earth and make a way for life to grow and bloom. Likewise, the circumstances, the heartache, the grief, and even sadness that God sometimes allows, while inconvenient, emotionally and physically messy, and completely outside of the plan we had, will cause our lives to grow and futures to bloom into something so much better than we expected. Maybe what we consider a set -back is really a “re-set” preparing us for the set up. I am learning to accept the re-set, appreciate the growth that precipitates out of it, and awaken to the faith-requiring realization that God will (in His time and His way) fulfill his good promises to me.
Latoya Morris, a member of The Community Church in Ashburn, VA, is the author of “Grace in the Moment: Daily Devotions for Business Women” and a contributing writer to “The Upper Room”. She lives in Leesburg, VA with her husband and 4-yr old son Ty. Latoya enjoys working professionally with her husband, baking, writing, and sharing on her blog at www.godapplied.wordpress.