Change of Plans

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope..Jer. 29:11

Are you ok with your plans being interrupted? How would you handle your child getting sick the night before a big event you’ve been planning for months? What if your car won’t start the minute you need to rush off somewhere? Or, it can be something bigger  like you’ve had your life all mapped out…the career, the husband, the children. But then you have a chronic illness that is affecting your life in ways that you never dreamed of. Maybe you never expected to be divorced and a single mom. Maybe you just thought this season of life would be easier.
I wish I could sit here and tell you I have this area mastered. I wish I could say I walk in stride with every twist and turn. I wish I could be more like Abraham when He found out He was to pack all He had and move the land of Canaan (Gen. 12:1-5). I tend to relate more to the disciples when their teacher, messiah, and leader had been killed on the cross. This wasn’t part of their plan. They were confused.
However, God had a plan.
I remember being stationed in Beaufort, SC. My husband had received orders for us to move to Virginia City. I was so excited at the thought of staying on the East Coast. I would be within driving distance of my extended family. We would still be living by the ocean. I had every detail of this move already mapped out in my mind. Then, one day the news came hard….change of plans we were moving out West. And mind you, not by the coast, either. We were moving to the mountains of Coleville, Ca. I think I grieved on the couch for a week, or two.
You see, I was familiar with this part of the country. I was raised about 50 miles from that area. I met my husband in that area. However, I left a lot of brokenness and pain in that area. We as a couple left a lot of broken, fragmented pieces in that area. I did not want to go back.
I am glad my God sees the big picture.
Well, it has been 14 years since we made the move back to the West. And guess what? I survived! Big things have taken place in my life and the life of my family simply because we were right where we needed to be.
Here and now as I sit, I wish, again, I could say I don’t get upset with the change of plans. I still tend to get my hopes set so high that when life is interrupted I have to take a bit to regain my focus. I wish I could say I have it all figured out. But the good news is I don’t have to have it all figured out. Maybe that is the problem? I need to release the grip of control over every situation and be more open to what my God may be doing and accomplishing in every twist and turn in my life.
My friends, what is your response when life interruptions take place? Have you come to a place where you believe that God is in control of every aspect of your life and through the blood of Christ you have been given a new life? Every detail of our lives is being used to transform us into what He would have us to be. Some things that happen in our lives don’t make much sense in our limited thinking. And the truth is, we would try to avoid the pain and heartache that life can bring, if we had a choice. However, the very pain we would avoid is used to bring about the greatest healing in our lives. God is working in the midst. Trust Him to do the work.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Prov. 3:5-6

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