Written by Rachel Morgan.
I was listening to a song recently about the plans that God has for us and the hope we can have – and I had a thought, “What makes someone, specifically God, having plans for us, such a source of hope?”
The thoughts thereafter were of my recent experience of being a young adult in the world post- graduation/pre-employment. This is a difficult spot to be in and somewhat disheartening if you have not yet built up your network of connections or figured out how to use them. In the “real world,” it really is in large part WHO you know and slightly smaller part WHAT you know. Some people were blessed with parents who have a wide network of connections and resources that are able to provide a job or reference. Some are born into a family business. Some innately know what they want to do with their lives early on and plan accordingly. Some plan as they go along and hope for the best. Regardless, having a plan and having connections to bring this plan to fruition provides security.
Sometimes the thought of living by someone else’s plan ( ie: a parent, spouse, mentor, friend…) is unattractive due to the seeming lack of control, choice or compromise involved. However, take a second to ponder the glorious reality of Psalm 139 and consider what it means for our Creator to have a plan for our life.
O Lord, you have searched me and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue; you know it completely, O Lord.
You hem me in—behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.
All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
Christ’s understanding of us is truly “too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain” (v 6).
If we were able to relinquish (and we can with faith, prayer and accountability) the control we think we have over our plans and sacrifice these to our Maker – the One who knows us better than we know ourselves; the One who takes into consideration our dreams, aspirations and our well-being (something we probably don’t fully take into consideration ourselves) – our plans can and will flourish into beautiful, optimal versions of our very rough drafts. God is the perfect planner.
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