Hey Sis!!! You’re probably reading this because the title spoke to your spirit, cause sis me typing the title had me all the way convicted.
Lately I’ve been finding myself placing my plans on God and praying that he would follow. Crazy right? You would think all the times I say,”God if it’s your will” that I would finally get it and stop being surprised when my plans don’t go right. What do I do though? Plan right on again!
I know i’m not the only one that going through this, as humans we try to plan everything and pray that it comes out right. For example, My first relationship, God laughed at that and said “Really Shanti, did you just pray that this CHEATING boy, and you KNOW he is, be your husband..okay” Another example, I’m praying to God talking about “I really wanna be a social worker, help me Lord!” God is looking at me with a straight face at this point, “Shanti, you don’t even like babysitting kids, so please tell me how this is gonna work out?” I thought I learned my lesson until recently, I did it again. Did I mention that I always think i’m right ,but God stay proving me wrong.
Now it’s funny looking back on all the times I made those mistakes, because I grew from them, but what about the recent plans we make that turn into mistakes. You start to get discouraged, think less of yourself, and question where do you go from here. Ever felt so low that you didn’t even know if there was a chance you could recover? Thing is, we can recover but NOT alone.
See, my plans are the plans that got me in the mess i’m in right now, so how could my plans get me out? You get it sis? It’s funny how I know that I don’t fully know myself, yet I swear I know my path. Timothy J. Keller said “To be loved but not known is comforting but superficial. To be known and not loved is our greatest fear. But to be fully known and truly loved is, well, a lot like being loved by God. It is what we need more than anything. It liberates us from pretense, humbles us out of our self-righteousness, and fortifies us for any difficulty life can throw at us.” When God created us, everything he placed inside of us was fully known by him. Our mind patterns, our likes, dislikes, our talents, etc. We are still learning what we dislike everyday. So do I really know myself enough to know the plans for me?
We just be so bold with our plans and,sometimes..most of the time for me, God has to humble us so we can remember who we are, whose we are, and whose plans come with favor and righteous. I’m praying that this encourages you to ask God, “What are your plans for me?” ” Should I go forward with this?” “Should I turn away from this?” I’m now realizing everything God does is for our good. The NO’s are for our protection and the YES’s are for our elevation. Stay encouraged sis and don’t forget to tell yourself “LOVE YOU SELF!”
Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
Proverbs 19:21, “Many are plans in the mind of man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.”