“Man plans, and God laughs” –Yiddish Proverb
Recently, I’ve had a lot of plans.
Recently, nothing has gone as planned.
If you’ve read my posts before, you know that I run a worship practice every Wednesday night for the teens in my youth group. Two weeks ago, I was hoping to work with just the singers (since there are usually about 8-10 of them), but how many showed up? Just one. So, I had to shuffle things around and formulate a plan B. Last week, I was hoping to go out to dinner with my family, but had to go to a last-minute meeting for work. This week, the youth group is going on a beach trip and, unfortunately, it’s supposed to rain almost every day. Recently, my life has been a conglomeration of canceled plans, rearranged appointments, and hurried finalizations, all because my plans fail to work out…well…as planned.
I’ve heard a lot of talk in my life of God opening and shutting doors. It’s a lot easier to understand God taking away opportunities or experiences when it’s obvious that they’re not pleasing to Him. The hardest thing to try and understand is why God would take away an opportunity that you’re so sure was for His glory.
I could go on about trusting God and being more relaxed with your busy schedule. But, here’s the bottom line: God knows better than me. God knows better than you. God knows better than your planner, and God knows better than your schedule. God knows what you don’t, and that’s you. That’s right, folks, God knows you better than you know yourself because he is aware of your past, present, and future (In case you haven’t noticed, you were only there for 2 of those 3 things).
Proverbs 16:3– “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.”
Proverbs 16:9– “In their hearts, humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.”
Proverbs 19:21– “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”
These are just some things God has been teaching me, and as I find both my summer halfway over and lots of unknowns in the year to come, these are the things I hope to remember. I truly believe that these everyday occurrences are little lessons that God sends our way, hoping that maybe eventually, we’ll catch on.
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