Sunday, August 16, 2009

Plans

This a.m. as I was getting ready for church I was thinking about how all this week I have been questioning God, offering suggestions about how I think my life should go.   (I offer Him suggestions all the time, like I really think He needs my help!)  I have a hard time just being content where I am and trusting Him.  So I told the Lord that I was just going to trust Him today.  I asked Him to fill my heart with joy.  Then off we went to church.   Today we had a guest speaker who began his message by quoting Jeremiah 29:11-13 (NIV):

"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. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me and I will listen to you.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. " 

As he spoke I realized that God had prepared my heart to hear this message and He was reminding me that He has a plan for me.  I don't have to understand it.  I don't have to know the end.  I don't have to know the why. I don't have to come up with the plan!  I just have to trust.  The pastor pointed out that our job is to call upon the Lord.....not on other people, but upon the Lord.  

I'm not currently in the middle of some crisis (although wait a little while, I'm sure one is coming!) nor am I trying to make some life-changing decision.  I've just been stuck in the fleshly rut of thinking I can do things better than the Lord God Almighty, Creator of the heavens and the earth!!!   He is so faithful.  I'm so grateful for His grace and love.  I'm so grateful for His plan.  

 

4 comments:

Carpoolqueen said...

That gave me chills when I read it. I love to see how God responds to His children when they need Him.

When I was in grad school, I was down on my knees asking for the Lord to provide. I was down to my last $14 and I had a $15 light bill. Just as I whispered, "Please help", the phone rang and it was a temporary placement agency with a job offer.

His ways are perfect.

Gretchen said...

"I've just been stuck in the fleshly rut of thinking I can do things better than the Lord God Almighty..."

Guilty.

And yet, saved by His grace.

Beautiful, Angie.

Cara Beth said...

Loved this post. I often have a moment of totally freaking out when I realize I have no idea what I'm doing, then I sigh... when I realize "oh yeah, God knows what He's doing so I don't have to." All I have to do is trust him. It sounds so easy but yet it's so hard! :) Love you!

Debbie said...

Love this post, Angie. Thank you for sharing.