by Terri Gillespie
The heart of man plans his course, but ADONAI [the Lord] directs his steps. Proverbs 16:9,TLV
Are our plans wholly committed to the LORD? Or are we wholly committed to the LORD for our plans?
My husband and I stared at one another in confusion. You could practically see questions marks bouncing on top of our heads. We were sure we had heard from the LORD. As we had stood in faith, the doors of favor opened for us in supernatural ways. Why had everything fallen apart?
The job my husband loved for thirty years had become extremely stressful. Multiple layoffs meant additional workload was piled on him. Most likely all this stress contributed to a heart attack and a subsequent triple bypass. It was time for him to retire—early. I prayed for several years that God would make a way, even though there was no way.
God did it.
One thing He made clear, we had to move from our beautiful home and the people we loved in Philadelphia. That was a “Gulp Moment.” But the cost of living and the inclement weather were a deadly combo for my husband.
An opportunity arose for us in Georgia. Friends asked us to help them build a ministry in a small town. God seemed to shine a ray of sunshine on the opening.
The move was successful, and we began working the plan God showed us. But then, little by little the work seemed to change. Still, we pressed in and prayed through the challenges and hurdles confident this was God’s will.
Finally, it all fell apart for us. We needed to resign from the work and those with whom we worked. We were devastated. And confused. Hence the question marks bouncing off our noggins.
Through much prayer and wise counsel, we learned a valuable lesson. Many times, the plans the Lord gives us are merely the means to another plan He has in the works—one we might never have anticipated had we not followed the original plan.
But because, in our case, we were so committed to the plan, we didn’t listen for His new direction. The original plan became a mess and we kept trying to fix what was unfixable.
Sometimes our commitment to our plans become the obstacle to keep us from hearing from the LORD for the next leg of our journey.
Initially, these plans may have been dedicated to the LORD–or we believed God had called us to the task. However, over time we focused on the plans and missed pivotal moments when the LORD was guiding us to alter or complete them. We ceased to commit ourselves to God and His full plan and were only committed to the original plan—which had been merely a part of the total plan.
Are you struggling with circumstances that seem unfixable? Perhaps, it’s time to go to our Heavenly Father and seek whether a step or a turn was missed in the journey. He will let you know—He will let us all know. No matter how noble or Godly our plans are, we need to remember to make sure we are paying attention to His direction for His plan.
Heavenly Father, I was so sure you wanted me to do this. I was wholly committed to it. But now things seem wrong, and I cannot fix it. I want to be wholly dedicated to You and not the plan. If I have missed a turn in this journey, please show me. Then show me how to get back on the path You have called me to. I love You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
About the author: Award-winning author and beloved speaker, Terri Gillespie writes stories of faith and redemption to nurture souls. Her novels, devotionals, and blogs have drawn readers to hunger for a deeper relationship with their Heavenly Father, and His Son Jesus. Her newest novel, Sweet Rivalry, releases later this year.
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