Just sittin’ here on a Friday afternoon and I felt so compelled to write this post because I personally have been struggling with this one thing–letting go of my plans for my own life. It honestly sounds a little strange to say, because after all…it is my life. But that is the very thinking that is causing this struggle! Who am I kidding, it IS the struggle!
I’ve always liked to have a plan for my life. I’m the type of girl who makes a ‘To-Do’ list every morning and wants to know everything in advance. Do you want to get coffee? Let’s check my calendar and see if I’m free. Yes, that Chem test is today ‘cause I wrote it in my planner. You see? I like to know where I’m going. However, when I don’t know what’s happening I begin to stress and stress and stress. Recently, I have felt like the Lord keeps shutting down all my plans. It doesn’t matter what it is, but the answer has mainly been “mmmmmm no”. I got angry. I got confused because I was praying about this and that and my plans were simply not going in the direction I wanted any of them to go. I didn’t have a grip on my own life!
Anyways, I went to my mom (Hi. I love you) because I didn’t understand what I was doing wrong. My relationship with Jesus was doing really well yet I felt like I was being punished. And that is when she pointed out something to me that is SO simple it just clicked. Ya ready?
It’s God’s Time. Not Yours.
Boom. So simple yet so easy to forget. Everything happens in God’s timing. Because the Lord has intricately woven every detail of your life. He knows where and when to place people. When to place opportunities. When to place challenges. We serve a God who wants us to be comfortable with where we are at all times–through every trial or event that may throw us off of our daily schedule. Because it’s God’s time. Not ours.
So how do we give it all to God?
If we let God take care of us instead of plan our own lives, every destined plan will happen. God’s plan is beautiful and wonderful. It may be confusing and difficult at times, and obviously I am learning that, but God has a funny way of making everything fit into place (and sometimes in the weirdest ways). If anything, we should be shouting out “God, work your plan in my life and help me through it all.” Because if we fall in love with the Lord a little more and focus on Him, then blessings upon blessings sprout. Trust in Him!
You are more than a time clock. Let God move.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11