God’s Plan Is Sometimes Different Than Your Plan, and That’s Ok

Every one of us likes to have a plan. We all probably made plans for the new year. Parents want to have a plan for their children. Students look to make plans for their future. But, many times, plans don’t turn out the way we expect. Things always change, new opportunities present themselves, and sometimes roadblocks get in the way.

We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps (Proverbs 16:9)

Plans can change on a daily basis for everyday tasks and overall for bigger goals that you have been working towards, but instead of getting frustrated about this adjustment, it is more productive to accept that God’s plan may be different than yours. When these changes impact something significant, these upheavals make surrendering to God’s will even harder. Maybe that college you were desperately wanted to attend did not offer you a place for next year, or you didn’t make the team you tried out for. You may have had one idea where life would take you, and now that isn’t working out the way you expected. Life is unpredictable.

Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure. Psalm 147:5

What is certain is that no one’s future plays out exactly the way they picture, and trusting in God will lead you to the life you were are for. By accepting that it is not you in control, but God, it becomes easier to open your heart and mind to new possibilities.

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)

It is understandably frustrating when your plans are forced to change, especially suddenly. God knows what you want your plan to be. He knows your struggles and has concern for your disappointments. But, God also has his own plan in mind for you, and even if you can’t see it or immediately understand it, trust that there is a magnificent journey ahead.