“That wasn’t part of my plan”

God's Plan Is BetterWe all grow up with this preconceived idea in our mind of how our life should be.

We make so many plans for our future starting from our young years.

To go to college, to start a business, to serve God a certain way, to start a family… and the list goes on and on.

Then when we arrive at a certain milestone in life and we’re not where we are supposed to be we feel discouraged and disappointed.

Sometimes we are mad at ourselves because we feel like we failed at some point.

Other times we are mad at God for setbacks in life or things that just seem to never happen as we think they should.

And we can grow bitter and lose hope for the days to come.

Or worst, we can do our best to do whatever it takes to make sure that five-year plan gets fulfilled, and in the process we start trusting our own ways over God’s.

And we forget that sometimes our five-year plan doesn’t align with God’s purpose and will for our lives.

 “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps” – Proverbs 16:9

Don’t get me wrong. Planning for your life is wise.

God’s Word says that wise people think ahead and foolish people don’t (Proverbs 13:16).

It also says that plans with advice from many counselors will succeed (Proverbs 15:22).

BUT God’s Word also says that we can plan all we want, but in the end His purpose will prevail over our own, and often times than not, His purpose is not the same as ours (Proverbs 19:21).

Sometimes we will never reach that goal that we have set for ourselves because it’s not God’s goal for us.

Sometimes we will never get that thing we are longing for because it’s not God’s desire for us.

Sometimes we will never get that job offer, that title, that degree because it may be part of our five-year plan, but it’s not part of His.

Take example from Katie Davis, a young high school girl who went on a short-mission trip to Africa. I don’t think it was ever in her 5-year plan to stay there for three years (and possibly many more) and raise 13 orphan girls as her own.

Take example from Sheri Rose Shepherd, an over-weight high school druggie turned into an American beauty queen who sought her end at a hotel room with a bottle of pills. I don’t think it was part of her 5-year plan to dedicate her life to ministering to young women who suffer with the same things she once did.

Take example from David, the Shepherd after God’s own heart who wanted to build that temple for God to dwell in. But God passed that dream and duty along to his son (2 Samuel 7).

Take example from Joseph, the ambitious dreamer who spent his young years not ruling like he thought he would, but rather sitting in a dark prison cell.

Take example from Sarah, the barren wife of the husband who was supposed to have more ancestors than the start in the sky. Being a mom when she could have been a grandma already was nowhere near the life she had planned.

There are so many stories from people today as well as from history whose lives were nowhere near the ones they had originally planned.

Whose stories had twists and turns they didn’t expect.

Whose personal dreams were shattered because they were not the same as God’s dream for them.

Maybe that’s where you are at today.

Wanting to have a child in your life yet year after year you are still barren.

Wanting to fulfill that dream that it’s in your heart, yet as each day passes it seems farther away.

Wanting so desperately for a door of opportunity to open, yet it continues to remain closed.

Maybe today what you need more than anything is to say good-bye to that five-year plan.

To give God the pen for the story of your life.

And to not worry about where the next road will lead.

To trust that His plan will be far better than your own in the end even if at the moment you don’t understand.

Maybe your dreams are shattered today, but with God your hope doesn’t have to be.

Maybe your plans have led you to a dead end, but with God you don’t need to remain there.

Maybe you are late in being where you think you need to be today, but you are right where God wants you to be.

God’s timing is different than our own.

His calendar will never match ours.

His plan won’t always align with our own.

Because His timing is always perfect.

His plan and purpose is always best.

His calendar is better than our own.

So today, don’t worry if you’ve reached that milestone and you’re still “not there”.

Don’t worry if life isn’t turning out the way that you planned.

His plan for you is so much better.

Just like it was for every person above.

Don’t be quick to throw away your five-plan.

At the same time, don’t allow it to be what you base your life on because knowing God, it’s bound to change.

But always for the better.

Be blessed wherever you are in your journey with Christ today. Trust Him for all of your tomorrow’s because He is already there! -Anna… ♥

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” – Proverbs 3:5-6

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9 thoughts on ““That wasn’t part of my plan”

  1. Great post! This is so important to keep in mind. A missionary couple from Jordan (Jordan borders Syria so keep them in your prayers) once that we should let God dream his dreams through us. So true. Keep up the good work!


    • Yes, we all definitely need to keep everyone in Syria in our prayers. I can’t imagine the tragedy and chaos they are going through right now. And you are right, it’s important to keep our hearts open to where God is leading us next even if it’s not where we’ve been planning to go because His dreams for us are much greater than our own!


  2. Excellent post! I like the examples you used, especially Sheri Rose Shepherd. She was a big help to me when our girls were “tweens.” Her books, like “His Princess” really got through to them on the issue of purity.


    • That’s great! I heard her speak for the first time on a Focus on the Family broadcast and her story literally brought me to tears. It’s so awesome when people use their pasts to inspire others to learn from them and live differently especially hers when it comes to young girls. I’m glad her book was helpful to your girls as I’m sure it is too many more out there who very much need to be reminded of what life is really about.


  3. Hi, got emailed your post I’m not the person I want to be entry (not showing up on your site). It was a wonderful, inspiring post and I thank you for writing it. My pastor has been teaching similar material so it’s a good reminder. We are changed, it just takes our physical to catch up – and the enemy doesn’t want that. God bless you. Heather


    • Thanks Heather! (It will be back on the site tomorrow, I re-scheduled the post date and forget that sometimes people have it e-mailed to them) but I’m glad it was a good reminder for you. I would love to hear your pastors sermon on it! Is it posted online anywhere? You’re right, it does take time for the change that takes place in our heart and mind to start affecting our lifestyle as well. But with God’s help we can transform more into His likeness and adopt His character every day.


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