Last week I was bummed to miss my weekly Bible study group, but excited about the prospect of my highest turn-out yet for a My Messy Desk Craft Workshop. Two regulars were bringing guests and two ladies from last week wanted to come back! It was going to be crazy and crowded and creative!
Even one I didn’t think was coming sent a message late Monday night saying she couldn’t make it. I realized God really wanted me at that Bible study!
True to His promises, He had great things in store for me.
I heard wonderful testimonies of God’s unconditional love and faithfulness by women who were brave to speak their life stories and pour out their hearts. Not with guilt or shame or regret or bitterness, but in the full glory of redemption that comes from complete faith in a loving God. They are giving me courage and power to speak more freely about my own walk.
In a fortuitous turn of events I also met a lovely woman who just happened to have a house to rent at our next duty station. God truly does work in mysterious ways, ways too great for us to comprehend.
I am a planner by nature, so the words in James 4:13-15 have always convicted me.
“Come now, you who say, “today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.””
There is a saying in the Army about even the best plans not lasting the first few minutes of a battle, which is a sad fact considering my countless hours of work in that capacity. But here is One who’s plans are perfect. He knows every trick the enemy has to bring chaos into our lives and He wants us to ensure our victory. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “…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 a hope and a future.” And in Psalm 139:16 we hear, “…And in Your book, they were all written, the days fashioned before me.”
In light of these promises, I gladly turn over my life strategy to God who knows ALL the days ahead of me and has a plan to work them together for good (Romans 8:28).
I wish I’d had that kind of foresight when I was writing plans for the Army. Alas, I am merely human and can only do the best I can with what I know and then rely on God to fill in the blanks and make revisions as He sees fit. I pray that I will approach other updates to my battle plans with the same trust and confidence I was able to in that situation, secure in the hope that He has something much better in store for me.
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Wouldn’t you want someone with that kind of knowledge writing your battle plan? Even if it meant canceling something you were anticipating? It is a daily power struggle, but seeing His hand in my life makes it much easier to give up control.