Dream after dream, plan after plan. Journal pages filled with a life I imagined I'd be living. Where I would live. What I would be doing for a living. When I would have children and the names I would give them. It's all there, crashing about in a sea of hopeful pursuit. I've been a planner for as long as I can remember. Although it comes in handy sometimes, it's also caused much disappointment in my life over the years.
Looking back, there have been many times that my plans fell through. In those moments, I was disappointed (and upset) about the way things turned out. That is until I saw what He had to offer. When I saw the bigger picture, I was relieved. God can see what's around each corner, which is an ability that we lack (unfortunately). We should find comfort in knowing that He can see what's going to happen next. He's working behind the scenes no matter how things may look from our perspective. I'm glad He has my life in His hands, every dream + every plan.
I'm glad I didn't end up marrying my high school fling or any of the other guys I could have sworn were "the one" at the time. Because I would have never met my husband. I'm glad we didn't end up having a "honeymoon" baby like I had hoped for. Because starting a family in that season of our marriage would've been too hard on our relationship. I'm glad our plans of moving out of my parents' house in 2011 didn't work out. Because we wouldn't have been here to help my mom after my dad passed away last year. It's like this quote says: "God will wreck your plans when He sees that your plans are about to wreck you." I believe God was protecting me (and my family) during all of these instances. Next time your plans don't work out the way you'd like them to, remember that it could be a good thing! God's "NO" isn't a rejection, but rather a redirection.
"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love
him, who have been called according to his purpose." - Romans 8:28