“Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.” (Proverbs 19:21, English Standard Version)
I had a plan. It was a plan to address a longstanding, worrisome concern. A goal with a God honoring route and an outcome that would definitely be in His will.
Like most plans, it did require some things falling into line. Granted things “falling into line” was a long-shot, but I decided to think positive; no amount of “odds are against” logic would dissuade me.
Unfortunately, things did not fall into line.
Disappointment and frustration reigned in my heart and mind. How could You let this plan fail? It was a good plan with a God honoring goal. All things are in Your control; why wouldn’t You control events and allow my good plan to succeed?
As I sulked in frustration I considered that nothing occurs outside His will. I still believe it is His will for me to realize this goal, but it seems He has another route for me to take, another plan to get me there. While I don’t understand, I know His plans are always best. (Like when He had the Israelites take the long way through the desert – rather than the shorter route – to avoid the Philistines because “‘The [Israelites] might change their minds when they see war and return to Egypt.’” (Exodus 13:17c, New American Standard Bible)
Your plans are always better than my very best plans.
I am still disappointed. But I know You love me and I know You are Sovereign; therefore, I am choosing to trust You.
When I trust You, You give me peace. You wrap me in peace that “surpasses all understanding” and guards my heart and mind through Christ Jesus (see Philippians 4:7, New King James Version).
I am glad I’m not in charge, it’s actually a very good thing!
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your mercies. Thank You that, no matter what, I can depend upon You; You always have the better plan.