The Best Laid Plans
When I was a Senior in high school I had my entire life planned down to the smallest detail. I never considered anything would derail me from where I knew my future would take me.
What I hadn’t considered was how much people change after eighteen.
The things I thought were important seventeen years ago are no longer even a consideration.
I’ve experienced what real life is like, and let me tell you, teen me had no idea.
There was one other thing I hadn’t counted on when I was busy making plans for my future.
Our Heavenly Father.
I hadn’t counted on His plans.
At eighteen I had very little knowledge of who He really was, I didn’t realize He was the Great Designer of my future, or that He would use my experiences (the good and the bad) to guide me where He knew I needed to be.
The young girl who dreamed of a life full of adventure; one filled with police work and military service, as far away from the Pacific Northwest as she could get, would never have expected to be someone so completely different.
Turns out God knew who I was even before I did.
His Plans are Greater than Mine
As I spend another rainy day less than thirty miles away from my childhood home, I watch as my nine year old daughter changes before my eyes.
Here’s a secret: when I was making my plans, she wasn’t on the checklist.
For that matter, neither was my husband or my other two children.
Yet, here we are.
I’m an adult, a follower of Christ, and a homeschooling mother. That’s a long way from where I thought I wanted to be.
You’re Never Too Old
No matter how old you are, or what your plans are, you should take a moment to consider where God is guiding you.
He doesn’t always make the signs neon and flashing. Sometimes they’re small and easily missed. There might even be signs you won’t recognize until years later when you’re looking back on the decisions you made that led you to where you are.
We’re human, and we’re given freedom of choice. That’s why we make plans, and dream of the future. Just don’t be too hard on yourself if one day you realize you’re somewhere completely different than you ever thought possible.
Instead of asking yourself ‘what if’, look to God and say, ‘thank you’. Your journey isn’t over yet, it’s more important to keep your eyes on the path before you than the path behind you.
He loves you.
He loves me.
One day the path we’re on will lead us to stand beside Him, and on that day, every step and stumble will make sense, and we’ll know we’ve achieved every worthy plan and goal.
Who I’ve become, and who I will become, are not who I thought I’d be.
In fact, that is perfect.
I wouldn’t want it to be any other way.
Where has the path you’re on taken you?