When I was little I wanted to be a teacher. By the age of 14 I wanted to be a Psychologist. When I hit 18 I was sure I wanted to be a nurse. I am now a junior in college and never thought I’d soon graduate a Social Work major, and that is one of the magnificent things about God; even when we don’t know what’s in our future, He does.
For the past year my plans have changed, I would say, hmmmm… approximately more than 20 times. Sometimes I found myself frustrated, disappointed, or even overwhelmed with failed plans. These were plans that I wanted to be successful in, unfortunately I wasn’t. I thought these plans were in my hands, that I had full control of them, until I realized that wasn’t the case. It never crossed my mind there were other plans, plans that had been written for me even before I was born.
One day while reading my bible I happen to bump into certain verses that stuck in my head, a verse that made me realize my plans weren’t up to me.
We may make our plans, but God has the last word. Proverbs 16:1
The preparation of the heart belongs to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord. Proverbs 16:1
God’s plans are always good, never harmful. We may not always understand God’s plan for us. At times we may feel confused and lost with what he wants from us. But how can we get a closer understanding of His plans? There are 4 steps I took that lead me to a better understanding.
Ask: Do you desire wisdom? James 1:5 tells us, “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.” When we try to figure things out on our own, there is a 50% chance we will make the wrong decision, so why not ask the One and only who gets it right the first time?
Be faithful: God wants us to believe in Him, to trust Him with all our hearts. Whatever the situation may be He wants us to stay faithful to Him and His works. James 1:6 “But when you ask you must believe, and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.”
Listen: Keep up with your daily bible studies, devotionals, spiritual connection with our Lord. God speaks to us in different ways, through His scriptures and Holy Spirit. He never fails to send us signals; we just have to be attentive and try to strengthen our relationship with Him. ALWAYS consult with Him before taking any initiative. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 tells us, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” We just have to listen.
Wait & Be Patient: God has the perfect timing. He knows the what, when, and where. I totally understand waiting may not always be the easiest but it’s essential. We have to learn to work with God’s timing, to be obedient and patient. Romans 12:12 reminds us of patience, “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”
Just last year, I began to see how everything was starting to fall into place. To this day, I feel happy with what I’ve accomplished. I never thought I’d be the person I am today. The different choices God has taken me to make have molded me to be a Godly woman, the circumstances I’ve had to confront have made me emotionally stronger with God’s guidance, and all these unexpected events I’ve lived have given me the opportunity to experience and gain memories, but most importantly, they’ve helped me strengthen my relationship with God and has made my faith grow daily. It’s consistency, persistence and love towards God that has taken me to be as He wants me to be and to do what He wants me to do.
Just let God use you, teach you and guide you.