When Things Don’t Go As Planned

I don’t know anybody who hasn’t had a glitch or a wrench thrown into their “plans” before. Things happen..and sometimes our plans don’t go the way we think they should. That is a fact of life. Period.

Here is where we have the opportunity to shine for Jesus. Do we pitch a temper tantrum? (You know..like the kind my youngest pitched in Target when she was about 2 years old :0) Do we pout, sulk, and throw a pity party? Or do we take it in stride?

Maybe, just maybe, God is trying to teach us something by changing our plans.

Maybe, just maybe, God needs us to be reminded that He is the One who is in control.

Maybe, just maybe, God is showing us that His plans are not our plans.

Maybe…..God’s ways are not our ways…sound familiar??

Isaiah 55:8 (NIV) ~ “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.

The next time your plans get a kink in them, stop and seek God..asking Him what it is He wants you to learn from it. It may be that He wants you to trust Him more. Or it may be that He is protecting you. Whatever it is, you can be sure that if you seek God first and look beyond yourself, your inconveniences could be just what is needed to bring God glory.

Sure, there are other plans that don’t go like we had hoped. Such as death, sickness, terminal illness. These are the times when your faith in God will be what sustains you. Your faith or lack of faith will be extremely evident during the seriously tough times. Even when you feel like crawling into a hole..you can choose to bring God glory by trusting Him. If you are able to bring glory to God through your suffering, then your suffering is not in vain.

The closer I get to God, the more I am aware of those moments when He convicts me. Those times when He says, “Now..now…” The closer I get to God, I am able to look at the little and the big kinks in my plans as Divine Intervention or Divine Opportunities to bring Him glory. It is a daily..hourly..conscious decision.

Until Next Time,

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