I had plans. I planned to never marry a pastor… but then God put Josh in front of me, a man who was very much called to the ministry and to be a pastor. I planned to never be one of ‘those’ pastor’s wives… but then God called me to step out and step forward. I planned to stay home and write all day… but then God sent me to work and gave me three children to love and raise. I planned… but then God.
“The LORD knows all human plans; he knows that they are futile.” Psalm 94:11
How many of us make plans in our own strength and find ourselves disappointed, discouraged or resentful when those plans fail? Why do we keeping putting our trust in our grand plans and our well-intentioned ideas? Looking back at all the plans I had made I can only say that I am grateful that, in spite of me and my misplaced wants and desires, God’s plan kept winning out. He has been and continues to be faithful.
A few years ago, God brought me to Psalm 25 and it spoke so clearly and deeply to me. It starts with “In you, LORD my God, I put my trust.” It goes on to say in verses 4 and 5:
“Show me your ways, LORD, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.”
(italics are mine)
I admit, I still keep trying to control my future and make my own plans in my own strength, but God keeps bringing that scripture back to mind. He keeps reminding me that His plans are greater than anything I, in my humanness, could possibly come up with. I can confidently and wholeheartedly put all my hope and all my trust in Him and His plans. But I have to submit. I have to offer up my plans and place them at His feet and ask Him to take over and show me His ways and His paths and His truth. I have to plan to let God plan for me.
My plans are futile but His plans are eternal. His plans will have an everlasting impact for His kingdom and for His glory.
“But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.” Psalm 33:11
- Jordan Hageman