Most people today like to plan. They plan out their lives and what they will do to achieve a certain result.
The problem is that they are usually not following God’s calendar. They hold on to their plans and create a certain path they “need” to follow. They aren’t pleased when God taps them on the shoulder and says,” Sorry, but that’s not the plan. Now come over here and follow my path.”
We want to know the plan and make sure it suits our comforts. We reply,” But God, didn’t you see those great plans I made? Couldn’t you just do that? It would be much and better.”
But God then reminds us of His words: ” For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord,” plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11 ESV
He tells us He that even though we do not know His plans, He does, and all we can do is trust Him. We do not need to know the way if we know there is One that does who will not fail. Our plans may lead to our prosperity and comfort, but His lead to everlasting life, though they lead you through a long and winding road. Once you start to travel down His path, you may realize that it brings around more genuine joy and incredible experiences than your plan could have brought around in a lifetime.
In the picture I have chosen is a path on the side of a mountain. It is a rugged, terrifying, and dangerous path that most people wouldn’t dare travel across. This can often resemble our lives when we choose to follow God’s plan, without knowing what lies around the corner.
If you haven’t noticed already, though, there is a small wire you can see at the edge of the bend. This is what hikers secure themselves to while traversing the path. It keeps them from falling off the cliff, even if it doesn’t look like much.
That wire is like God’s hand holding you. You can’t always notice it, and you can get distracted with the height of the fall and the strength of the wind, but it is always there to catch you if you fall. All you need to do is clip yourself to it and trust that it is strong enough to save you.
Never forget that God has a plan for you, and if He sees fit, He might just give you a little glimpse of His plan.
Marilyn Ruth Current says
Marilyn Ruth Current says
Darrel, I read this in my devotional this morning. It made me think of what you posted :
The shuttles of His purpose move
To carry out His own design ;
Seek not too soon to disapprove
His work, nor yet assign
Dark motives, when, with silent tread,
You view some sombre fold;
For lo, within each darker thread
There twines a thread of gold.
He knows the way you plod;
But leave the thread to God.
– – Canadian Home Journal (quoted from Streams in the Desert, Dec 13 daily reading)
Carrie Kneifel says
Great insight from an amazing young man! Keep up the good work.