Do you ever wonder what in the world God is doing? What is He up to? Have you ever looked at your life and thought, “What is going on here?!”
In those moments, it’s important to have a good grip on the fact that—God Has a Plan. He has a plan for you and He has a plan for me. And we know it’s a good plan because His Word tells us so. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future,” Jeremiah 29:11.
Can’t See His Plan
A pastor I know used to say, “God knows what’s going on, but He’s not tellin’.” That still makes me smile. Of course, sometimes if we ask Him and sit still long enough to listen, He will tell us. Other times He is silent, but we can still trust Him.
I remember driving to work one morning after taking three kids into our home whose father was abusing them and asking the Lord, “What are You doing?” He quickly replied to my spirit, “Answering your prayer.” What? I didn’t pray for this.
What Did I Pray?
Oh, but wait. I did pray for God to bring into our home whatever children He had for us. I did make my life available to God for His plans and purposes. I had been praying out of Matt. 25 about feeding the hungry and clothing the needy, and out of James about helping the widows and orphans. I didn’t pray for the kids to be neglected by their dad any more than God wanted that to happen, but I did pray to be used by God however He saw fit. And He saw fit to have us in the right place at the right time to be a home and a haven for these three precious kids and to ultimately be their parents.
Do we listen to the words we pray and the songs we sing? I surrender all…Jesus, I believe in You and I would go to the ends of the earth…Take me, make me, mold me, use me…
Are We Truly Surrendered?
God is listening. He takes us at our word. Sometimes His answer to our prayer looks different than we pictured, but His plan is perfect. We can always trust His plan. It’s always a good plan. It’s always bigger and more fulfilling than anything we could dream up.
God has a plan for this year, for this month, for this week, for today. We need to invite Him to work in our lives and make ourselves available for His surprising ways. Then, when things look topsy-turvy, ask Him what’s taking place.
The answer will probably be—His perfect plan is taking place.
Is there something in your life that looks crazy right now? Tell me about it–so I can pray for you and encourage you to trust Him!