Growing up as a kid, I had always had big dreams and goals. Goals I thought I could do on my own and dreams I thought were best for me. Many of us have been in a situation where we make plans, we succeed, but in most cases fail. You have probably asked yourself why your plans don’t work and why things don’t go in your way. Well, I have good news for you. You don’t need to worry about your future, so long as your life is surrendered unto the Lord. It says in Proverbs 19:21 “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” It means our plans will only come to life if they are in line with the purpose of God.
In 2015, I returned home after a year of work in Japan. I had plans lined up for me and my family. Hoping what I had saved would be enough to make those come true. But, everything just came back to where it used to be. I had to start from scratch and do hard work.
I remember I was lying in my bed on a dark, silent night praying to God, “Please give me a second chance. Send me back to Japan and I won’t take it for granted. Please give my best friend a chance to prove herself. She is worthy of recognition. She doesn’t deserve so much pain.” Next thing I know, God has blessed us so much than what we had expected—a family in Japan we can call home, good friends, life experiences that have fashioned us into a better person and many more. But the best gift He has given us is God himself. It was God’s plan all along for me to have a heart to go back to Japan and bring my best friend with me. If it wasn’t for her we would still be living blinded and lost. If I hadn’t had the desire we wouldn’t have encountered the Lord. It is His will for us to be saved. I thought it was my desire and plan but it was actually His all this time.
Father God, thank you for the purpose you have put in our lives. We believe that only your plans will prevail. Help us to align our plans to Your plans, in Jesus name I pray, amen.