“You can make plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail.” Proverbs 19:21 (NLT)
While in class a few weeks ago, the professor asked a couple of us “what do we see ourselves doing in the next couple of years.” It seemed everyone had their paths figured out already because I heard some great plans from my colleagues. Then when I was called upon, I said: “I don’t know what the future holds, but I know who holds my future.” I won’t forget the weird looks I got from most people in the class after explaining what I meant by that statement, especially from a guy who later revealed to me that he is a believer as well. I couldn’t stop laughing as it was funny. I mean, I know where I want to be in a few years, but I couldn’t let that opportunity to declare my faith in God publicly, pass by me. It was worth it.
We often go through rough patches in life. There are always ups and downs and times when the road isn’t clear enough. I’ll be the first to admit and tell you that following and understanding God’s plan isn’t the easiest of things, but one thing I’m always certain about is that He has my best interest at heart. I always have in mind that His promise for me according to Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT) is for good and not for disaster, to bring me a future and a hope. Though the road may not always be smooth; He promised us in Matthew 28:20 (NLT) that even to the end of time, He will always be with us.
The reason why most of us don’t entrust all our plans to God is that we fear that He won’t show up when we need Him. We trust our decisions more than we trust God, and that is a huge mistake. When we entrust all of our plans in the Lord’s hand, He’ll make our path straight. Just as we want the best for our biological children, so does God. In fact, His desire for us is far greater and better than that of our earthly parents. Our earthly parents can abandon us as we are told Psalm 27:10, but God promised to be there for us if that happens.
No matter how hard you try at something, if God doesn’t want it for you, the answer will always be NO! No matter how hard you try to open a door that God already closed, you will always fail! Sometimes though, God lets us have that thing that we dearly crave for, only for us to not find joy in it. Until we find our true satisfaction in Him, we will always toil at everything, be it relationships, jobs, or even decisions that seem straightforward. Believing in our hearts that His plans for us are better than what we have planned for ourselves and that our steps are ordered by Him, is the only way to prevent constant heartbreaks and disappointments. Unlike man, God doesn’t lie. Find comfort in that!
Blazer_ Tallia Orange
Shirt_ Michael Kors
*** The Bowtie worn is a Michael Kors necktie that I converted to a bow.