Greater Plans

When will I get it through my head that God's plans are better, higher, smarter and greater than mine? When?! I say it all the time, I know the verses but I still try to find ways around his plans.

Do you ever do that?

I am very good at analyzing. I am very good at giving God a list of reasons why some specific thing should happen, but I'm not always so good at letting go and letting him do what he will. It's comforting to know that he will continue to work out his plan in my life even when I am stubborn and narrow minded. He has done that recently in more ways than one. Doors that I thought he would open have remained locked tight while other doors that I could never have opened have been blown open wide.

And that's how He does it every time.

It would serve me well to remember that God sees a whole lot of what I cannot see. I only see that one thing, that one situation, that one possibility, while he sees every thing, every situation and every possibility. Of course his ways are higher than mine! It humbles me into silence every time he works something out and gives me more than I would have gotten doing it my way. I said at the beginning of the year that I resolve to trust more this year. This whole believing in God's higher ways is a trust thing. How often do I craft plans that I am just so sure are God's plans without really including him in them? More often than I care to admit.

Following God's voice can feel a lot like walking through a foggy field, with only enough light to guide the step in front of you. What is beyond the fog? Is there a raging sea ahead? Will I have what I need when I get to the other side of the fog? Will it all be okay??

Fear

Fear is at the root of this lack of trust. At the end of the day, I choose to either trust that God really cares enough to work on my behalf or I sink into fear and scramble to figure it all out myself. For me, the fear is always that if I'm not spinning my wheels and trying really hard God won't "do his part." Again with the performance thing. Yes, that is the biggest struggle for me so it is only natural that I would feel that way when it comes to trusting God. Here's the deal, though. God will work in ways that bring all the credit to him. He will open doors that no man can open, and do what no man can do so that those around me will say, "Yes, God did that." That will have nothing to do with how hard I worked or how well I did. When God works it out, he does so for his own kingdom...and I just get to be a part of it. Yes, his ways are higher. Yes, he thinks beyond what I can think and sees beyond what I can see. Do I doubt? Yes, sometimes. Do I fear it won't all work out? Yes, sometimes I do. He has proven though, time and again that he can be trusted. When I look back, no matter how bad things have looked at times, I see how He has worked things together for good.

Purpose

I must confess that there have been plenty of times that my reasons for wanting God to open a door were for my own selfish gain...but I didn't see it that way at the time. Sometimes, I want God to open a door (or close one) because I don't like what's going on, or because I think I need what I will get from that situation. That happened to me recently as well. When God opened his door for me instead of mine, it became crystal clear that what I thought I needed was just about my selfish desire, not God's purpose. God's purpose is greater that mine. When he says his ways are higher, I think it's safe to say that includes his purpose. He has a greater purpose and I must surrender my will to his, and let his purpose work in me. Yes, it's hard, but the end result is me in complete awe at what my God can do...through me.

So, maybe you have situations in your life that seem impossible. Maybe you doubt God is working on your behalf. If you've surrendered yourself to him...he is working. You might have to be patient, you might have to give up your own ideas of "good" but in the end his ways are higher and his purpose is greater. Honor him with your words, your deeds and your lifestyle and he will open doors you can't even dream up!

"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

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