What to do when life isn’t going as planned…
It is so difficult to understand why a lot of our own plans don’t work out. We work so hard to make something happen, or even hope so hard that something will happen but we get rejected, we get denied, someone else takes the spot, we don’t end up getting what we want. How is this good? And how can I deal with the anxiety of not being able to plan everything?
Well, I struggle with this probably more than anything else in my life because I love control. I love to know the outcome! I am so bad at this that sometimes I even look up what happens in movies and in TV series just to mentally prepare myself. Letting go of control of my life and my plans and giving them up to God is so difficult. But it is the best thing we could possibly do for ourselves. Think about it He is the one who knows the outcome, He has designed us for something very specific and purposeful. If we give our control to Him… we will see so much fulfillment and purpose in our lives.
Why isn’t your life going as you planned?
The thing is that no matter how much planning and scheduling goes on, we don’t know what happens in the future. We don’t truly know what is happening in five minutes from now. Life is crazy, awesome, frustrating, beautiful, ugly and surprising all in one. So, we first have to accept the fact that we don’t hold the future. But this is good news because we know the one who does. In fact, you can have a personal relationship with the one who does.
The second point is that we truly do not know what is best for our lives. God’s plan always follows through. No matter how many twists and turns we make, the ultimate ending will be the one God planned it to be. We are just not powerful enough to mess up His plan.
“We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.” (Proverbs 16:9)
Why Must We Let Go of Control?
So why must we let go of control? From the points made above, God’s plans are greater than ours so to try to plan our own lives is a waste of time. We will just end up impatiently waiting on our own desires instead of trusting in God’s perfect sovereignty.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
This is a promise. God keeps all of His promises, with absolutely no exceptions. We can hold tight to the fact that this is a truth. I know that it can be difficult to have the faith to really believe this statement with our full hearts, but it is true. It is true for all people who believe and trust in God for their will and purpose.
One of the most important ways to experience these good and perfect plans is to put God first in our lives. We must make sure that we are trying our best to put God over our own personal desires. Why? Our own desires lead to our own plans, but God’s plans and desires for us are immeasurably more than we could imagine for ourselves.
We Can Trust Him
God is good and His love for us is unimaginable. Many times we don’t understand why certain things happen in our lives. We don’t understand why God could let some things in our lives happen. God has a better plan that you might not be able to see right now, but you must trust Him. “Be still, and know that I am God!” (Psalms 46:10). Just let go, let Him work in your life and in your heart. I promise that there is a God-shaped hole in all of our lives that can only be fulfilled when we truly practice being still.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Let go, trust in Him and be patient; the best is yet to come!!
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