Here I am, the day after throwing a fit all day about plans changing from seeing Logan next week, and now having to wait until April. Thinking it was so horrible that I had to cancel plane tickets and hotel reservations, no more Valentines Day date, and no hugs for a couple more months.
Amidst the tears and that brief moment of both of us being pretty(well, extremely..) upset with the Air Force Academy, it hit me. Really, Mads? You are going to bawl and complain that you have to wait less than 60 days to see your boyfriend?
Yet in that brief moment, I was doubting God’s plan. We all know that being in that position, after planning and waiting, we want everything to happen exactly like how we mapped it out to happen.
Well friends, guess what. It doesn’t work like that.
Guess who knew us before we were born? Guess who planned every aspect our lives; parents, looks, disabilities, abilities, future, and everything in between? Guess who knows the exact path for every single one of us? Guess whose plans take over all of the plans we think we have?
I don’t know about you all, but if He can do that much, I think I can trust Him with my day today.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
Our life is not a road map, things do not happen exactly like we planned them to or want them to. At any moment, anything-literally anything- could happen. We do not know what will happen tomorrow, yet God knew everything about our life before we took our first breath of life.
He is not going to hurt us. He is not going to change plans- the plans that our tiny little brains thought of- to harm us. He works for the good of us, to help us, to give us more than we imagined, to make life even better than we “planned” it out to be.
Daily, we go through our routine and plan out the day before us. In fact, we plan out the week before us, sometimes even the month. That planner that you went through and marked every single thing down in? It is going to have hiccups and definitely will be revised by our Lord.
While we go through the day, God adds in blessings. Whether it be a new client, more meetings, dinner date, family night, whatever; God puts it there for a reason. It is a blessings, and sometimes we are so caught up in the change, that we do not see it as one.
I am a firm believer in everything happens for a reason. Whatever changes, changes for a reason. There is a blessing inside everything, and God many times uses hurdles as blessings. This brings us closer to Him, and it causes us to hold His hand even tighter.
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
“More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”
I tell you this, enjoy the trials and the change of plans, because they will strengthen you and you will grow so much closer to Jesus Christ. What is better than that? Nothing!
If something doesn’t happen, it isn’t meant to be. God does nothing that is useless or that is lacking a purpose, and you need to believe that. Trust Him, trust what and who He takes out of your life, give Him your plans and let Him take care of your days.
This life is not yours, it is His. He puts you where you need to be and we cannot complain when we are not where we want to be. I’ve asked you all this once and I will ask it again, whose opinion really matters in the end?
That’s what I thought(the answer is God’s, if you didn’t catch that).
If plans change, don’t cry and complain and throw blame everywhere, as I did. Move on, pray about it, and trust that everything will work out, because I pinky promise you, it will.
Every morning when you wake up, pray. Give the day to God. Trust His will and His plan. Take one day at a time. Let Him take you where He wants to take you. Most of all, love Jesus, love others, trust His plan, and enjoy every single minute. It’s a good life, my friends.
Learn from Dory, just keep swimming. Our Lord Jesus Christ will never let you sink.