My Plan, His Plan…

Do you ever wonder why certain things don’t work out the way you anticipated? Maybe you had life planned from the get-go but things have been happening the complete opposite.

I was thinking about my career and how slow things have been moving. I had everything planned for my future; how I was going to take this course and that course. The ultimate goal for me was to climb the career-ladder as high and as fast as I could. I look back now and it feels like that dream is still far from reality.

I should’ve studied more, I thought. I should’ve worked harder, maybe I should’ve been more serious in making this dream a reality. These thoughts have been bugging my mind for a while. I see young ladies like myself with higher positions and I’m like God why? I have worked hard enough and planned well, why isn’t this happening for me?

I was reading the Bible and came across Proverbs 16:33,

“The lot is cast into the lap,
But it’s every decision is from the Lord.”

This scripture has not only been a great revelation but also a peaceful one.
I have come to realise that all the plans I made were more to the glory of my flesh than to the glory of God. Why did I want to move up so high so quickly? Was it for prideful gain or financial gain? My motives were not entirely pure. I didn’t invite God into my plan and clearly I had very little regard for Proverbs 16:9,

“In their hearts human plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps”.

So, the Lord interrupted my plans. Now, I could’ve gone ahead and achieved those goals however, there would be no peace within. I would be empty and the will of God for my life would’ve prolonged.

I am all for hard-work and studying; by all means do that as the scripture says whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might (Ecclesiastes 9:10). I believe this must be done within the will of God. Don’t misquote scripture by working hard on something you clearly know God doesn’t want for you in hope of changing His mind because it won’t.

Make sure you are in the right path by inviting God into your plans from the beginning.

Proverbs 3:6

“In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path.”

Understand this, planning is good however no matter how well one plans life, the ultimate decision lies with God.

As for me, my soul is gently resting in Him. I may not be at the level I want to be but I know I’m in line with the will of God.

It may not be career for you but whatever it is, if it’s God’s will, know that He will establish it in His own time. Pray and do your part. Examine your heart; make sure your motives are pure.

Before I end let me just state this, when one gives their life to Christ, they surrender all, including their will. Therefore, when making those future plans, don’t forget to ask God to let His will be done. Christ once said in Matthew 26:39,

“O my Father, if this is possible let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will”.

Though His flesh did not want to die, He acknowledged the will of the Father. Allow the will of your Father in Heaven to be done in your life.

Psalms 37:32,

“The steps of a good man is ordered by God and He delights in his ways.”

I’m praying for you.

Blessings,

LadyEuny.

Walk Your Own Walk… (Follow Christ, Not Men)

John 21:20-22

“Then Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following, who also had leaned on His breast at the supper, and said, “Lord, who is the one who betrays You?”     (21) Peter, seeing him, said to Jesus, “But Lord, what about this man?”
(22) Jesus said to him, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me.”

Lately, I have been hearing God say to me “What is that to you, Eunice? You follow me.” “What is that to you? You follow me.”

The above scripture was Jesus’ response to Peter when he asked a question that did not concern him. He lost focus while following Jesus. Why did Peter do this? Certainly not his first time in loosing focus. Previously, he lost focus when he took his eyes off Jesus while walking on sea (Matthew 14:28-30). Nevertheless, Peter is recognised as one of the most influential men in the Bible. This goes to show anyone can loose focus.

I can’t help but ask, why do we loose focus? One way is by comparing one’s self to another. But why do we like to compare ourselves and our journey with other believers? Well, as I can only speak for myself I’ll say this; sometimes I feel I’m not holy enough, I’m not ‘purpose-minded’ enough, I’m not prayerful enough, other times I feel God doesn’t speak to me as much as He does with the believer next door. On the other hand, more than I care to admit, I know stretching my neck into another’s walk/journey contributes in making me feel not good enough.

Why do I do this? Why do we do this? Have we forgotten that we are meant to follow Christ and not other believers, who are just as sinful as we are yet saved by grace?
But hold on, what makes one think that the other believer is perfect or better?

Just because they share surfaces of their journey with you doesn’t mean they are not dealing with deeper issues. You have no idea what their journey is like or what they’re battling with.

As mentioned above, I have compared myself to others countless of times. In many instances, I have looked up at other believers and set targets to be exactly like them. Of course I failed, which in turn gave the enemy the green light to use my mind as his playground; he would whisper to me like “you are weak, God loves them more than He loves you”. What a complete waste of space that I created for him!

In Ghana West Africa, where I was born and had my primary education, the old folks used to say, it is an abomination to have a strong desire to be like someone else. I couldn’t agree more with this proverb.

Thing is, there is nothing wrong with been inspired and encouraged by another believer’s walk, it only becomes sinful when we imitate each other’s life because it is considered “great” in our eyes. They are blogging, so you blog, they have a title in church so you want one too, they are preaching behind the pulpit so you want to become a preacher too.

I want you to understand that our God-given purposes are not the same; I don’t believe God called every believer to be a blogger, singer or “pulpit-preacher”. (I used the word “pulpit-preacher” because even though one of our primary goals as Christians is to preach the good news as stated in Mark 16:15, this  doesn’t have to happen solely behind the pulpit).

Know that, you are not any less important because you have a different purpose.

1 Corinthians 12:15-17

“If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? (16) And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? (17) If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling?”

Stick to your purpose, if you don’t know what it is, pray and ask God to reveal it to you. Stay focused and follow Christ only.
Today, I encourage you to Walk Your Own Walk. Remember, you gave your life to follow Christ Not Men.

Psalms 118:8

“It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man”.

I’m praying for you.

Blessings,

LadyEuny.