Being in a generation of planners, I have accustomed to the norm of always having a plan. This means I have a plan for school, relationships, my life in five years, and my future family. Most of these plans are pretty good in my head, I visualize many details and think, “wow this can’t get much better”. But then when these plans are passed, do they actually turn out how you wanted them to? Do they turn out better or worse? Usually, it turns out just how God wanted it to; which is usually pretty AMAZING.
I attended this church event and the speaker touched on this passage in Acts. Basically, Barnabas and Saul were their best leaders. They wanted to keep them to continue to benefit from their teachings but they asked God, “What do you think we should do?”. God replied that Barnabas and Saul should be sent off to teach and lead other places so that others can benefit. After they were sent off, the world was never the same again. If they had never been sent off, our world would not know God as we do today. We would not know church as we do today. How crazy is that? They thought their plan was going to be great; they would use Barnabas and Saul as their teachers and create a wonderful place. But God had a different plan and sure enough, it was so much better.
Think about that for a second. Have you ever had plans and when it didn’t go how you thought, it usually turned out even better? That’s because that was God working. That was God’s plan for you in action. Have you ever had a plan and it actually turned out worse? That’s just another example of God’s plan for you in progress. God always brings us to these darker places just to walk us right through it and into the light.
BUT God’s plans cannot work if you are not open to them. Are you willing to let your plans go for God’s plan? I know I am.
So, find some peace in the fact that God has a plan for you and that your plans might not work out. Just becasue they are not working out as YOU planned them, does not mean you have failed. It actually means you have succeeded in letting your plans go and letting God’s plan take over.