As I read page after page, I noticed something interesting. All the deadlines had passed and none of what I jotted down had been completed.
None. Of. It.
Now, one might assume that I had procrastinated and failed to follow through. But I had truly worked diligently to piece those plans of mine together. I invested time and what little resources I did have into them. But no matter how hard I tried, things just didn’t work out for me.
In hindsight, I see how little I knew about what God was up to. My thoughts and ideas were so far from His.
At the time, however, while I was striving to make everything work out, I didn’t realize that.
So, as you might imagine, I went through periods of sadness, discouragement and frustration.
When would it be my season and my turn? I wondered. I could not understand for the life of me why these plans kept falling through, especially because I believed they were the blueprint to my divine destiny.
I was incredibly passionate about everything. I wanted to see it all come together so badly.
I prayed and cried, and cried and prayed, and repeated the cycle over again. I felt in my heart it was the Lord’s will to bring it all into fruition.
But my understanding was flawed.
Proverbs 19:21 says, “You can make many plans, but the LORD's purpose will prevail.”
I fell into the trap of believing that my plans and God’s purpose were the same.
Truth be told, I thought that burning desire within me to see the fulfillment of what I so desperately wanted was enough to indicate that I was supposed to have it.
I was too wrapped up in my thoughts to see the truth of Isaiah 55:8, which says, “’My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,’ says the LORD. ‘And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.’”
Today, I can confidently say, His plans for me were not only different, but better.
I only know that now, though, because I kept walking with God and trusting Him through tears, misunderstandings and deferred dreams.
I depended on Him through uncertain seasons and believed He was yet faithful when I lacked clarity.
It wasn’t easy.
Proverb 13:12 perfectly states, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life.”
I was sick about it when my plans didn’t materialize. Periodically, I was in a slump, down in the dumps, feeling really low.
Nevertheless, God, the infallible One, did not change course to appease me, His fallible creation.
Though I thought I knew better, He knew better.
As I look back over the pages of my life, His sovereignty shows up in every single chapter.
He wants to be the author of your story.
Won’t you let Him?
If you will submit, despite the way you feel, God will blow you away with the wonderfulness of His plans for you.
Remember Jeremiah 29:11: “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.”
You may not know what God is doing, but He does, and it goes beyond anything you could ask or think.
What’s coming is amazing.
All the tears, God sees.
The desperate prayers, God hears.
The best plan, God has.
You have to know that and stand on it when everything in your world seems not to make any sense. Still trust and know that God is ordering your steps.
To remind you of this truth, I’m stirring Proverbs 16:9 into your cup of inspiration, which says, “We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.”
When you drink down the contents of your cup, you will be encouraged to know that your path has been mapped out. Your destiny has been preordained. Your divine purpose will be fulfilled. All you have to do is obey God’s word, be patient with the process and remain open to the Lord’s leading.
You’ll get to the exact place He wants you to be.
These days, my prayer is, “God, let my plans fail, so Yours will prevail.”
As you absorb this word, please also join me in praying for those within our faith community listed on our “Thoughtful Thursdays” intercessory prayer list. Let’s join our faith together on their behalf.
PLEASE pray for my husband's healing of cancer and that my son and I will lose this unhealthy weight - in Jesus' name! Thank you very much!
Hi Dianna! I am soooo blessed by your devotional today and thanks so much for offering to pray for me! I would like your prayers for my career and job situation. I am looking for true fulfillment and clarity on the type of career move I need to make or the type of business that I need to start. Thanks again, sis, and I will be praying for you and your ministry!
My heart is hurting when it should not be. I know God’s love is unconditional 24/7 365 but I seem to not be able to stop my mind from thinking about someone I really don't want to. It’s like I’m training myself to keep them on my mind but it makes me feel bad that my focus isn’t 100% where it needs to be. I am also trying to finish school. I am at the end but feel like I won’t make it because I just don’t know what I am doing. Asking for encouragement and knowledge to know I can get through both of these things.
Pray for my sister who has been sick with kidney and liver problems. Thank you intercessors.
I have been under constant attack this year. The hits have affected me in practically every area of my life. I desperately need a breakthrough - a physical manifestation of blessings. I know God will do it, but I need specific instruction, empowerment and resources. I cannot continue to be imprisoned --God has something else for me to do -- but my circumstances are keeping me bound.
Praying for: my marriage, for my husband to be free indeed from drugs and the love of this world; the fear of the Lord and spiritual discipline for both of us; diligence and consistency. We get started doing good for God , but we seem to be going in circles. We need revelation of God’s will, and power to do it, favor, wisdom, integrity and prosperity.
I need prayer that my faith in God will not waver and that I will have an authentic faith in God to fulfill each promise He has made. I also need prayer that God will advance me into His calling for me, and that I will not be anxious but I will have an expectant heart as I anticipate all the great things He has planned for my life. Thank you.
I pray that all that has been taken from me is restored ten-fold ~ my children, my finances, my hope, my passion. I'm in such emotional agony right now that I can barely think of anything other than feeling defeated and resentful and angry. I don't want to stay in this barren place of despair. I want to rise.
My prayer request is that I find a job, housing and a car. I have lost all of these things within the last year and it’s been hard. I recently left my home state of FL and now I'm in the DMV area because I was seeking change and the daughter of a friend of mine has allowed me to live with her and her husband for a while and I am very appreciative of them. They took me in because I said that I was going to live in a homeless shelter until I could find some where to live because I do not have family here. I need God to move in these areas in my life because I've been trying to do things to help my situation and it doesn't seem like it working.
God, I don’t always know what You’re doing, but I trust You. Your ways are not like mine. They are better. Please help me not to fret when I cannot see my way clearly, but to hold onto faith that Your perfect will, will be done in my life. Thank You for reassuring me that You have a good plan for me. I earnestly wait in expectation of the day when You reveal it fully. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
As always, thanks for reading and until next time... may today's cup of inspiration uplift, encourage, and empower you!
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