Proverbs 16:9, "We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps."
Have you been in a situation where a last-minute change of plans threw off your whole day, or maybe even your year? Perhaps you had your heart set on something you "just knew" must have been ordained by God, then suddenly realized it wasn't going to be possible, and it completely changed the trajectory of where you thought your life was going. Such occurrences can be devastating. You feel as if the wind has been knocked out of you, your dream is lost, and you're left wondering what went wrong. You begin to question God's motives. Why isn't He allowing to happen what you desired most?
What's important to remember is, we can make plans - even when they seem like God's best for our lives - but He determines our steps. Could it be possible that past the immediate disappointment, God's plans will be even better and more fulfilling than we dreamed or imagined?
Maybe our marriage engagement ends in a broken relationship, we lose out on what seemed like the career opportunity of a lifetime, or a scholarship to the school of our choice falls through the cracks. Is it the end of our hope? Absolutely not! God always has something better on the horizon of our lives.
So, when those moments arrive, what do you do? Start by placing your trust in God's plans over yours. Things fall short of our expectations time and time again. But when we place our trust in Him, we will experience His best for our lives. Allow Him to direct your course and discover a life full of possibility, hope, and joy like you never before imagined.
Dear God, Thank You for the great plans You have for my life. When I fall short, help me keep my eyes fixed on You and what You have in store for me. Amen.