Many are the plans of the human heart, but it is the decision of the LORD that endures. (Proverbs 19:21)If you’re a control freak like me, having a plan is crucial. It seems illogical that God would say we can’t plan for a rainy day or that we should just throw a feather in the air and see where the wind takes us, but He does want for us to lean on Him for our plan-making.
The human heart plans the way, but the LORD directs the steps. (Proverbs 16:9)It’s sometimes hard not knowing what’s in store. I struggle at times wondering the plans God has for me. I’m not very good at waiting and I often expect His plans to be carried out the way I intend. I put conditions on my prayers or I ask God for things that foresee a specific outcome. When I fight it and try to make my own path, it’s in these moments, God will continue to nudge me and remind me (and sometimes I need multiple nudges) until I finally listen to His call. Being open to listening to His call is so rewarding. It’s surprising how much better my life becomes under His plan. When I put my trust in Him there is much joy to know that “His plan” is the way and has a much better outlook instead of what I envisioned for myself. Image credit: Pexels.com (2019), CC0/PD[/caption]
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. (Jeremiah 29:11)While I don’t want to speak about anything too personal in my own life, I will say recently I had a very specific plan of what I wanted to achieve. I prayed about this particular goal and truly thought it would work in the direction I had already made up in mind. But every sign, every clue, led me in a different direction and I realized that this was not what God was calling me to do. Had I not prayed and offered it up to God, I might have spent a lot of time doing something that wasn’t really worthy of my time and limited me in other areas of my life where I could have spent my time better AND for His glory. So if you ever feel like your life is different than what you had in mind or isn’t going a certain way, be patient and give thanks to God. Because in the end, His plan will be the greatest plan for you. Just know that you are in the best hands. Image credit: Pexels.com (2019), CC0/PD[/caption]
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Andrea Bear is a wife, mom, and teacher in Northern California. She runs a blog called Life in the Grace Lane and also contributes to Catholic Stand and Today's Catholic Teacher magazine. When she's not writing or taking her kids to volleyball practice you can find her sipping coffee from the neighborhood coffee establishments or tasting wine from the local vineyards.