We don’t know the future, and for the most part, we don’t know what it holds for us. We can make all the plans that we want, and take steps towards making our plans become a reality. But, just because we have a plan, doesn’t mean that it’s going to happen, often times we end up with something that doesn’t look like we planned out. It sure has happened to me that way, so very many times in my life.
And during those times, I can remember thinking, and saying out loud “well, I didn’t see that coming.” More often than not, those words were uttered in amazement. They came out of my mouth when my baby got sick with pneumonia and asthma. They came out of my mouth when I was inducted into an honors society at college. They came out of my mouth the day my ex-husband lost his job the day before we were signing the papers for a home purchase. They came out of my mouth when my mother dismissed my concerns over a breast tumor that I had.
Those very same words certainly came out of my mouth the moment that I realized that I was in love again, head over heels in love. I was so sure that I would never, ever be married again. I was so very adamant about it since I was sure that if I married again I would be repeating the same mistake over, and no way did I want to be divorced a second time. That was not going to happen, I was going to make sure of that. No way was I ever going to get married again.
But God. But God had another plan. He was there in the background, invisible, and orchestrating everything into place. He removed the blinders from my eyes, and I saw my future husband in an entirely different light. I’ve known Jim my entire life. As kids we played together, and frankly he was somewhat obnoxious as a kid (I however, was a perfect angel – not!). He is someone that I would have never, ever seen myself spending the rest of my life with. God brought me to a low point in my life, and God placed Jim in the perfect position to assist me when I really needed it. At the time, I thanked God for giving me help, but little did I know that God had more in store for me, so much more. Now Jim and I have been married for over three years and I am so much more in love with this man, even more so then the day that we got married. The man that God gave me.
We don’t always see God working in our lives, and we don’t know just what He has in store for us any further than this moment. But just because we don’t see Him, we cannot verbally hear him, we cannot touch Him, doesn’t mean that He isn’t there. I can tell you from experience, that He’s there, and He has a master plan. He will unfold His plan for your life, in His timing, and there’s nothing that you can do to speed it up. Most likely in your wildest dream would you ever be able to anticipate just what He has in store for you.
I am currently studying the Old Testament book of Esther. It’s a great story to learn about God’s providence, and see how He orchestrates His grand plan. Esther didn’t know God’s plan. Mordecai didn’t know God’s plan. But, God placed them both in the right place at the right time to accomplish His purpose. I can hear both Mordecai and Esther say “Well I didn’t see that coming,” when Esther is taken to the harem. I can see Esther saying, Well, I didn’t see that coming,” when she was made Queen. And, since I’ve read Esther a few times through, there will be more occasions during the book that I can picture both Mordecai and Esther repeat those words “Well, I didn’t see that coming.”
Trust the plan – God’s plan. He holds my future, He holds your future. And, hang on because God is going to give you a glorious adventure! You may not end up being a Queen, but you are already his beloved Princess.
Proverbs 19:21 Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand.