Change of Plans
“For I command you today to love the LORD your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the LORD your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess.” Deuteronomy 30:16
I find it rewarding to make plans and see them come take place. I have many ideas and plans in my mind about what I want life to look like. I do what I believe God wants me to do, probably not all the time but I try. I continue to pray for His direction in my life. If I’m really honest with myself, much of my identity is wrapped up into making plans and they often are my plans; I seek God’s blessing on them. You know what I am talking about right.? At this point I had everything planned out. I am writing, I am singing at church, and I know God is getting me over my stage fright to start speaking because I am going to be a speaker He told me that in a dream. I know what is ahead of me. But, we’ve all experienced this, haven’t we at some point? And we also know that not everything goes according to plan. Right.?
Matthew Dawes said “God absolutely wrecked the plans I had for my personal life and where I thought my life was going. It wasn’t easy. If you are in that place and you feel like he is ripping something from your hands, he might be aggressively trying to get you into a place of absolute dependence on him. I would encourage you to welcome that”
In one night God changed plans on me and everything is now completely different than I thought. Well at least for now. There is more life experience he wants me to go through before becoming a speaker. He wants me to learn more about love and compassion and really planning should always be about loving God first. When you walk with God and your love deepens with Him, He changes your desires and reminds you of who he truly created you to be. Last night I felt confused and like everything I had planned to do for God was ripped away from me. But He makes all things new and a few devotions back I remember writing about it’s time to try something new. I can’t change the things that have taken place in the life God has placed before me, but I do have choices as to what I will do and first I will show love, compassion, and be the caregiver he created me to be. I will be completely dependent on God. God wrecks and changes things so that He can create. I’m choosing His way over mine. There is a quiet acceptance in my spirit. It is there that He truly is the potter and I am the clay. Ultimately, that’s what it’s all about! And in the process I am going to get to see him show up and show out in someone else's life. Use me God, my life is yours.
Are you choosing to follow God’s plan or are you seeking His blessing on yours?
Lord, I pray that I would love You above all else, that I would be completely dependent on You. Give me a heart of praise and thanksgiving in those times when it appears You are ripping everything away and doing a new thing. I pray that You will be my everything. Thank You that You love me so much that You are willing to wreck havoc on the plans I make which come from a limited understanding of what You want to do through me. Thank You Jesus that You love me so much and that You are my light in dark places so that You can fulfill the plans that You have. In Jesus’ Name, amen.