We spend our lives making them. Our very existence is centered around them. They’re constantly interrupted and put on hold for situations that need immediate response. Our plans. Oh how they control everything! Or do they? Are we sure that we possess enough power to actually control circumstances? My friends, if we think we’re that powerful, we’re only kidding ourselves. There would never have to be a “Plan B” if we were certain “Plan A” was going to work. This is delusional thinking. As much as we like to imagine that we control our universe, newsflash – we don’t!
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago (Ephesians 2:10 NLT). Yes! He has plans for us. But what if my plans and His don’t exactly line up? If you belong to Him, His plans will prevail. For those who don’t yet belong to Him, He will do everything to cause your plans to coincide with His. He is the plan maker! He doesn’t have a “Plan B”. The whole Bible displays the plan of redemption for His creation. Jesus came to literally rescue our very lives from the grip and consequences that sin had on us. Nothing, and I mean nothing, will stand in His way of Him getting to you!
For instance, we have an outdoor event planned. What if it rains? Is it destroyed if it has to be moved indoors? Absolutely not! It may be God’s divine purpose to cross your path with someone inside that you may have not connected with outside. We have to look for divine interventions in our lives. Don’t see them as “interruptions”. They are there for a purpose. His purpose. Not ours. May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10 NLT). Is this what we’re praying? Or does our prayer go something like “May You make MY will be done on earth?”… I think you get the idea. We all do this sometimes. We are all afflicted with humanity and our flesh likes to get things our way. “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.” (Isaiah 55:8 NLT) That pretty much sums it up!
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11 NLT) This is what it really comes down to. His plans are for our good. Don’t we want His very best? Why would we ever think that our way could be better? He’s working on a masterpiece. You! He, as the artist, knows exactly what the plan is. If anything, we interrupt His plans by trying to figure life out ourselves. Only I can tell you the future before it even happens. Everything I plan will come to pass, for I do whatever I wish (Isaiah 46:10 NLT). We absolutely cannot compete with this knowledge! He knows everything!
In closing, be careful when “planning”. Ask the Lord what He wants for the occasion knowing that whatever it is, it’s right. It may not be the most comfortable. It may not resemble anything close to what you had in mind. But if He’s in it, whatever it is will work out. He loves you. Just like any good parent having to deny a child’s request in order for the big picture to take place, He knows there will sometimes be pain. There will sometimes be disappointment. But in the end, there will be unimaginable surprises and rewards that we never could have fathomed. HE IS THE PLAN!
Today’s writer is Brandi Crowe. A hairdresser for over 25 years, she is currently the owner of Brandi Crowe salon in Buford, GA. She loves hiking, a good cup of coffee and spending time with family and friends. Brandi lives in a custom farmhouse with her husband, Robby and cat, Harold.