"For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. And it's a good thing I do. Cause yours aren't worth the paper they're written on." Jeremiah 29:11
Ok, so the last half of that verse might have been a loose translation based on my own experiences but I find it to be highly accurate.
I rarely make them, but always seem to have them. I opened my calendar to schedule a dentist appointment today and I couldn't see the date numbers because of all the writing and previous entries. My phone buzzes ALL. THE. TIME. with calendar notifications for practice, class, dentist, doctor, play date, football games, birthday parties, dinners, meetings, vet visits, and whatever. I stared blankly at person in front of me in Publix today wondering how the store would react if I screamed. Just once... a nice, long, high pitched, yodelly scream. I know I would feel better even if it cost me a ride to a rubber room in the long run. And out of all the plans I make, a whopping 4% ever work out how they were meant to be...that makes the desire to scream increase exponentially.
This is one reason I just love the disciples. I just can identify with their humanity in every way humanly possible. They traveled with, ate meals with, and spent 24 hours a day with Jesus. The Messiah. And though Jesus had promised and prophesied the plan for His death and resurrection from the beginning of their ministries, they STILL seemed utterly and completely confused when it actually happened. That's so me. You can tell me the plan. You can explain the plan to me in a series of detailed steps. You can draw the plan out on a chalkboard using X's and O's. Chances are, I will still be confused when it starts to actually shake down though. Especially if the plan isn't on my timeline or if it takes me off the course my current plan has me set on.
The truth is God's plan is always better. You've heard that before but let it sit there for a minute and marinate in your head. Consider the wild and outlandish, even scandalous ways that God has performed His will and laid out His plans from the beginning of time:
Do you seriously think Joseph considered being sold into slavery as an answer to prayer?
Do you think the Israelites considered a teenager so young he didn't even have facial hair to be the answer to their Giant/Philistine problem?
Do you think Moses could've thought of at least five other ways to escape the Pharoah other than an entire sea splitting in half while his jaw hit the ground?
Was an unmarried, pregnant, barely teen aged girl really the best God could do for the Mother of the Messiah?
I've been in some messes in my life. I've caused most of them too. In those moments I find myself praying to the God who holds eternity on His thumbnail with suggestions, plans, and ideas on how He can best answer my prayers and get my plans back on track. How embarrassing. And then there are the days when it just all comes down and I don't have the first idea how to get it back where it needs to be. I can just see God rubbing His hands together excitedly whispering, "Now I've got you exactly where I need you, my beloved. Watch what I am capable of when you don't try to help." It's those moments when God does for me what I think I could never do for myself- Mess up my plans. He takes me the long way through some strange territory and I've learned to just sit back and watch how He comes out of left field to answer prayers in a way that is both astonishing and unimaginable. And it's a good thing. My plans aren't worth the paper they are written on.
"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
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.