Happy Thursday, everyone! I was able to get away over the weekend with my dad and sisters to good ol’ Central Oregon, which will always have a special place in my heart. I’m thankful to be able to travel a little bit this summer! Today, I’d like to talk about a topic that a lot of Christians struggle with, (raising my hand over here) and that is allowing God to change our plans.
From the time I was a small child, I never really enjoyed much change. I was content with my school, the house I lived in, and the circle of friends I had. Switching schools or moving was always a big deal to me, as I am one to grow accustomed to the usual flow of my routine. That’s the way I like things to run… consistently.
But sometimes, our plans get changed.
I remember when I had to move schools in fourth grade because my previous one closed due to budget cuts. I was heartbroken at the thought of leaving behind the familiarity of the atmosphere. I had learned the outlay of the buildings, most of the teacher’s names, all the good spots to hang out at recess, and so much more. I certainly didn’t want to be moved elsewhere, but it was necessary.
It’s the same with life today. As humans, many of us are fond of orderly conduct to some degree. However, God does not think the same way that we do, and thank goodness for that.
It is so easy to get caught up in making big, grand plans for the future. I mean, I’m a high school senior who’s figuring out what college to go to, what career path to take, where I want to live, and so many other important factors. I find myself making such intricate plans that don’t even really need to be thought of right at the moment.
I find myself playing God.
Trying to be God is such a stressful and dangerous place to be in. We may not even realize that we’re doing it. Of course, it’s good to have goals, dreams, and desires, but we can’t let those things become set it stone. The Lord always knows better than us.
Think of a time in which you had a plan, but it turned out differently than expected.
I was in my sophomore year of high school when I thought I had life all figured out. (Spoiler alert, my sixteen year old life plan was flawed). I thought I knew where I’d go to college, the occupation I would hold, and who I would marry. Boy oh boy, did those things change. I had my life mapped out, only to find that I was holding the map upside down. Letting go of my agenda was a hard pill to swallow because I had worked so hard to try and make things perfect. But, God knew and continues to know SO much better than me.
Today, I try to live my life without being too anxious to know what the future holds. I’m focusing on being seventeen and using my strengths for His glory. I know that the Creator of the universe has my back, and that I don’t have to carry the burden of living life on my own.
Only God can give us the satisfaction of living the life that is meant for us. If we follow His lead, the rest will fall into place.
Proverbs 16:9 (ESV) “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.”