You know when you plan something in your life to go a certain way, but then God takes it and says, “Nope, I’m taking you somewhere different”…
That’s happened to me many times. And it’s happening to me now.
I know that God is for me. Even if life doesn’t seem good at the moment, He is using it for my good.
I know that God has a very specific and amazing plan for my life.
And I know that His plans are always better than my plans.
I have had so many times in my life that I’ve learned these things about God, like:
- In high school I wanted and planned to go to a magnet school so badly that my best friends were going to, but I didn’t get in.
- I tried out for the volleyball team in high school (I had already been playing volleyball at my previous school), but didn’t make the team.
- I enrolled at my dream school in NYC the end of my senior year of high school but ended up not receiving the scholarship money I thought I would receive, so I had to go to a university in my home town.
- One summer in college, I planned to go on a mission trip to Venezuela, but ended up breaking my leg so I couldn’t go.
- In college I had at least 5 break-ups, and I obviously didn’t begin those relationships planning to break-up.
- After I graduated from college, I applied to a job that I was 90% sure I was going to be offered, but they decided to hire someone else.
- I wanted to move out of my home town and tried to find a way, but it was always clear that God wanted me to stay here.
- I broke up with a guy right after college because I knew it wasn’t who God had for me after we both talked about getting engaged.
Those are just some of the major times I have learned that I may try to plan what’s best for my life, but ultimately, God is in control, and knows the best plan for my life.
He is the greatest visionary.
His plans for you are greater than yours could ever be, no matter how hard or how long you plan.
And out of all 8 of those major plans I had for my life, I don’t wish any of those to have gone the way I had originally planned. I am so glad I let go (or was forced to let go) and allowed God to establish my steps for me.
Since I graduated from seminary in December, I have been on a journey of figuring out what’s next for me. I am planning my steps, but again, God is the visionary for my life. He establishes my ways.
I’m learning to go after what I’m excited about doing and trying not to overthink it. If God wants me to continue in whatever that is, He will make a way. And if He doesn’t, He will make that obvious too. God doesn’t reveal His plan for you in the sky or spell it out for you in your cereal. It’s not always direct at first. That’s why He calls us to live by faith, not by sight.
Sometimes when God reveals his vision for us, it means letting go of something you love. Following God’s plan is an act of sacrifice and walking by faith is usually not easy.
The more that we trust Him and just step out and DO what’s in front of us, following desires and the steps He gives us, the more evident His plans become. Sometimes it’s hard to explain. And sometimes others won’t understand what you’re doing, but I promise that following God is worth it. Trusting and surrendering to God’s plan for you is the most fulfilling way to live. And even if you don’t understand what He’s doing, that is the beauty of TRUSTING Him and not your own plans. You’ll look back on your life and see the beauty that God was weaving together for you all along.