The LORD of Heaven’s Armies has spoken–who can change his plans? When his hand is raised, who can stop him?”
If you know me well, you know that I have a plan for everything. I love planning. During college I knew (or I thought I knew) exactly how my life would play out. First of all, I was not going to get married until I was 30 and I was NEVER going to have kids. My plans for my future included lots of travel, getting my Ph.D, not being anywhere near children, and making lots of money.
Let’s just say that none of those things I planned were in God’s plan for my life.
(married at 22, two kids by 26, a kindergarten teacher at that. Oh yeah… Oh yeah, God had other plans)
Today I would not change a single thing. I look back and laugh at my silly plans and realize God knew all along what the plans were he had for me. He put things in place (actions, people, circumstances)
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
This goes back to trusting God completely. He knows what is best for you; he knows what is in your future.
It’s hard to allow God to have all the control. I know it is for me. Like I said, I’m a planner. I want all my dates lined up and in order way in advance.
But it is a freedom when we trust our future to God. It took me a long time to fully trust my future to him.
(Is it easy? Gosh no. Do you know what is going to happen? Um…No. Do you know something bad isn’t going to happen? I wish I could say yes, but I can’t.
In a song by Laura Story called “Blessings”
We pray for blessings, we pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
And all the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love us way too much to give us lesser things
We are all guilty of this. We pray to God for all the good things to happen to us and our family. I know I do it daily. But what if one of our “Blessings” comes from a terrible time in our lives?
To finish “Blessings”
‘Cause what if your blessings come through rain drops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise
No, I don’t want anything bad to happen to my family or myself. But we need to trust God to see us through the storm.
I will praise him in the storm and in the sun shine!
To be honest, I have never had a tragic experience in my life ( I truly thank God for that, but I know that one day something will happen) So, it’s easy for me to say that I would praise him in the bad times as well as the good times. But I pray daily that when something does happen that I will have the strength and the faith to praise him.
One of my all time favorite worship songs is “Blessed be your name” many people sing it, but it just does something to me. That is the song that will bring tears to my eyes. I do want to take some time to back track for a moment.
When I was a junior in college, one of my classmates from high school and college died in a traffic accident. I was not close to him, but we were friendly and would always speak on campus when we saw each other. I vividly remember the weekend. I went to our football game that Friday night and my friend and I saw him there. We talked for a minute. He talked about going to see his girlfriends family the next day and everything was normal. The next day it was all over the news, there was an accident. Three of the four people in the car died. It was the first time in my semi adult life that someone died. I consider myself to be a very strong person and I usually don’t cry. While watching the news and talking to friends, I held it together. Until church Sunday, the worship team played “Blessed be your name”, I remember when the verse “ You give and take away, your give and take away, but my heart will choose to say Lord blessed be your name” I broke down, I lost it. I know that was one of those times that I came face to face with God.
All that to say, I do hope and pray that I will always praise the Lord, no matter what. He has a plan for my life and I trust him with it.
(I have many other examples, but I’m trying to keep it short)
So, my question to you is… Do you trust God with your future? Or are you still trying to plan everything out by yourself?
This post is very personal to me. I still struggle with this on a regular basis. It’s our human nature to want to me in control of our lives and our path, it takes so much faith in God to give that up. Pray with me that you (and me) allow God to have total control this year.