There’s a LOT happening in my life right now. Like a lot, lot. And somehow in the midst of my ever-growing faith I’ve found myself making contingency plans second-guessing God.
Allow me to back up a minute.
I’m a place in my life where I truly know my purpose. I know who I am, and whose I am. I know what I was put on this earth to do and there’s nothing in the world more exciting to me than living out that purpose. That said, it’s a destiny I’ve yet to be released into.
Maybe you know what that’s like? You know what God wants you to do in your future, but He’s not quite brought you to the place where you get to start doing it just yet. You’ve founding yourself waiting and waiting… and waiting some more. At first the waiting is easy, but then “easy” turns into questioning the wait. Did you hear from God incorrectly? Did God change His mind? Maybe you’re just not praying enough, or believing enough, or working hard enough for your dreams to become reality.
Yep, and that’s where I found myself. After months of calm, cool and collected I’ve found myself asking what am I going to do if nothing ever works out. What if THIS IS God’s plan for me instead.
Enter a question I asked on Facebook about teaching two weeks ago. For those of you who don’t know, I went to college on a teaching scholarship. In my sophomore year I gave up the scholarship, along with my high-school plans of teaching. But here I am some 15years later and I find myself asking “what it would take to be a teacher in this next season of my life?” You know assuming God actually needs me to have a back-up plan, because maybe He’s changed His mind or something.
Then it hit me — God doesn’t need my back-up plan. He doesn’t even want me to have it. Instead He wants me count on the very greatness that makes Him God. To rely on His Plan A.
After all, faith means having NO Plan B.
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart;
and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge Him,
and He shall direct thy paths.
But Plan B is precisely what the enemy wants you to have — less than God’s very best for your life. He’s desperate for you to feel like nothing is going your way. He whispers doubts in your ear, telling you that what you’re going through is not right. Not fair. Not God’s plan at all. The enemy whispers God’s forgotten you. The enemy wants nothing more than to make you walk away from your calling and give up on God’s Plan A for your life.
Why? Because he’s a liar. He’d do anything to destroy your faith and future. He’s taught us to default to Plan B. To think a second best plan, is “good enough.”
Which is why I’m writing this right now. Maybe you’ve found yourself questioning the Plan A. Questioning the wait. Well I want you to know the wait is all part of the plan. Wendy Pope says, “the wait is more about experiencing God than enduring the delay.” Let that sink in for a moment.
God is so very intentional with our lives. He makes NO mistakes. So rather than trying to create your own back-up plan for God, put your faith in Him, and trust that He’s got you and His Plan A is far better than anything you could ever come up with yourself.
That’s surely what I’m trying to do these days. Which has led me to a crazy leap of faith. More on that later.
I read this in a book. It’s too good not to share:
“Many, LORD my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare.” [Psalm 40:5 | NIV]