“When God Has Another Plan” by Vicki Warren.
I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty capable of planning out exactly how life should happen. I am especially good at doing this for my kids. I know who their friends should be, what schools they should attend, who they should marry, where they should live, where they should work, and how many grandchildren I should have.
The easy part is planning it all out. The hard part is handling the chaos, the mess, and the heartache I create when things don’t go as planned.
Proverbs 3:5 instructs, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” We know the Scriptures say we should trust God and put our confidence in Him. We know God plans good things for our lives and our children’s lives, but that doesn’t mean we don’t do our God-given motherly duty and try to help Him out.
But what do we do when God has another plan?
Joseph is a good example of a person’s life not turning out as he envisioned it. He had dreams that his family would bow to him – which was true – but the journey to fulfill that dream was a far different road than Joseph ever thought he would have to travel. But despite being sold as a slave by his brothers, being falsely accused, thrown in prison, and seemingly forgotten, Joseph was still able to see the hand of God at work in his life.
“Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life” (Genesis 45:5).
God had another plan.
Mary and Martha’s brother was dying. They knew that Jesus could heal so they sent for Him. But He came too late; Lazarus was dead. When Jesus finally got there, Martha told Him, “Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died.”
But God had another plan.
It’s hard for me when God’s plan deviates from my plan. It’s a constant battle of flesh and Spirit that is only won at an altar, totally submitted. Man says, “Show me and I’ll trust you.” God says, “Trust me and I’ll show you.”
So, when God has another plan, I’ve learned to shut up, put my seat belt on, and enjoy the ride.
Vicki Warren and husband Craig pastor Renaissance Apostolic Church in Renton, Washington. She serves as Washington District ladies president.
( Information from: UPCI Ladies Ministries Newsletter – firstname.lastname@example.org )