“His strategies seldom make sense, but His purposes are never thwarted.” -Levi Lusko
When I was younger, my family hosted a home church or two. At one point there were at least twenty people coming every week, and it was great. But one Sunday, we cleaned the house, made food, and… no one showed up. No one had said they wouldn’t be coming, but out of nowhere the house was empty that Sunday.
That is, until a few minutes after church was supposed to start. Then we heard a knock on the door and one young woman came in. She spent the next two hours crying on our couch while my parents advised and prayed for her.
So often we think things we’re doing (especially things we are doing for God) will go one way, and just as often, they don’t. They turn out far from how we expected they would and we don’t understand why. But God’s plan is always better than ours.
Only one young woman showed up at church, and she was the reason no one else came (though they did not know it): because God knew she needed that time just for herself. He knew she needed to sit on our couch and cry.
I’ve seen this in my own life so many times. More than I could ever relate here. For one thing, I expected my prime teenage years to be years of lots of fruitful ministry. I wanted to disciple younger girls, and organize events, and learn hospitality. I wanted to go have adventures with my family, travel, and scale mountains.
But I didn’t. Things went nothing like I’d planned. Instead I got sick one day and never got better. I spent years in bed, needing others to serve me instead of being able to serve them. We had adventures, but in the words of Bilbo Baggins, many of them were “nasty, uncomfortable things that make you late for dinner!”
However, God used those trials and the unexpected events for His glory and my good. Perhaps my plans were thrown out the window, but God’s plans were even better, even if sometimes they didn’t feel like it.
The Lord foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples. But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations. -Psalm 33:10-11 (NIV)
Without illness, I may not have ever learned about Found Who I Am or started writing for it. I would not live where I live or know the people that I do. And I certainly wouldn’t have written and published a book about faith in the midst of chronic illness. But in God’s grace, He brought me to the place where I did publish that book.
His plans may have been different than mine, but they are always good (oh how He loves His children!), and they never fail. Even throughout the book writing process, there were so many pitfalls and things I didn’t even know I needed to plan for . . . But God had it all figured out before I even knew it needed figuring. In His grace and mighty power, He accomplished His purpose in me. And He will do the same in you.
Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. -Philippians 1:6 (NIV)
Maybe things in your life right now aren’t going as you’d hoped or planned. You’re frustrated, or scared of the unknown, or just plain confused. But remember that God gives good gifts to His children and that He has written down every day of your life before one of them came to be. He knows the unknowns, He holds the future, and whatever He is allowing in your life right now is because He loves you. God’s plans may be different and they may take some getting used to, but they are good. So let’s make sure to surrender our plans to Him . . . it’s a lot better than having them pried from our grasp, after all.
“God is too good to be unkind and He is too wise to be mistaken. And when we cannot trace His hand, we must trust His heart.” -Charles Spurgeon
Your sister in Christ,
P.S. If you want, you can find my book (which came on July 23rd) here.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Hello, my name is Sara! I’s sixteen years old, I am a black-mold fighter, and I like to read, write, act, make jewelry, and have adventures. Most of which tend to be with my family whether it’s a long hike up a mountain or a fun new board game. I also write for Th!nk magazine, a free, online, Christian magazine: mythinkmag.wordpress.com. One of my favorite Scriptures is Psalm 34:5: “Those who look to Him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.”