Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Your Plans, Eh?

Ah, don't we all like that. The idea of planning our lives. It makes us feel like we're in control and headed for success, just like we have it all together and know exactly what we're doing. But the truth is, we're not in control and we don't know exactly what we're doing.

I used to try and plan out my life, but then I started noticing something. I can't even make a day go the way I want it to, let alone a week. Tell me again why I'm trying to plan my life? God shows me everyday that He has different plans for me than I have for myself.

Does that mean we can't have a vision? No. A vision is good, but not if you're trying to plan your life day by day, year by year. God may have something very different in mind, but I can assure you, that in the end, it will be something better.

But sometimes, we face this matter, that we don't like what God has for us. We don't want to accept His will.

Matthew 26:39,42
And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.

Sometimes, we have a trial put in front of us that we want so desperately that God would take it away from us. Jesus, too, cried out for the cup to be taken away. But God will not always do that. I really took notice this morning as I read this verse, how Jesus said, "if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done." (emphasis mine) Sometimes, there's no way around the valley, but to go through it; no way around the mountain, but to go over it; no way around the raging sea, but through it. Likewise, sometimes, there's no way around the cup, but to drink it.

But in this, God never sends us through something; He always goes with us. He comes out to us on the raging sea, and calls us out onto the water. God bless you!


  1. Very encouraging and well written post. Thank for taking the time to remind me that God is with us through the hard times of life. My dad left a few weeks ago because he got a job in Iraq, he won't be back for about a year, and he may only be allowed to visit only once. Only by God's grace have I not despiared. This really helped, thanks!:)

  2. That is very true Margaret. Thanks for the post!

    cj: Does your father's job happen to be military?


  3. Hey Nick,

    My dad's retired Navy, and he's going to Iraq as a civillian with a military contractor.

  4. Ok. Just wondering. My dad is retired Air Force, and apperently contractors are being sent over there a lot (that is what my dad did in the AF).


  5. I was just wondering:P I live in the US, so I wasn't quite sure.

  6. Don't I know it! lol. Sometimes I had to learn some of these things about planning your life the hard way.!:/
    How have you been, Margaret?