If you want to make God laugh tell Him your plans.
I like to plan. That’s just how I am. I make God laugh a lot because my plans also slip into my prayers. Sometimes I have it all figured how God can do things. I’m sure He doesn’t need my help but at least I give Him some good entertainment.
I have heard that God has a plan for our lives. (Jeremiah 29:11). I’m sure He does but I can’t resist trying to help Him out anyway.
Believe it or not, God DOES have our best interest at heart even if we don’t see it at the time. Sometimes we have to go a little ways down the road before we can understand why and others time we never know.
I once had a job opportunity in Pensacola, Florida. I knew the guy that I had worked with for several years. He was on the interview panel. I was qualified for the job and I just knew we were moving there. We even started packing and while we were in Pensacola we even looked at a house. The plan was coming together. Or so I thought.
I didn’t get the job. I was shocked beyond words. It totally took the wind out of me. I hadn’t even considered the possibility of not getting the job. It took me a long time to recover from that. About a year later I was able to see things that happened with that office and people that were moved around. I eventually realized that it would have been a terrible move. When I realized this, I couldn’t thank God enough for closing that door and having another plan.
It’s very difficult for planners like me to pray and wait on God to work things out. I’m the kind of person that if I see where I want to be then I want to go directly there as soon as possible. God isn’t always like that. In my experience, He is rarely like that. Most of the time there is some waiting involved. Frustrating? Yes. Rewarding? Absolutely. In the end, His plan is always better.
The Bible says He is a rewards those who diligently seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6) That’s why it is important to spend more time getting with God’s plan than trying to force Him to work into our plan.
It’s always tempting to want to know God’s plan and try to help Him with it but honestly He doesn’t need our help. He is very capable of doing it Himself.
So how can we stay out of God’s way and let Him work His plan?
- Be patient. Let God do what He wants to do. It’s a lot better in the long run.
- Have faith. Even when it’s not working the way you think it should.
- Pray. Keep communication with God and conform to His plan.
- Stop being a control freak. Let it go and let God do His work. He doesn’t need our help.
The best thing we can do is hang in there and roll with the direction God is moving. Trust in His plan to be the best plan.