Monday, November 14, 2011

Thankful for HIS Perfect Plans~

Plans.
We all have them.

Some are grandiose like climbing Mt. Everest. Some are simple like what to fix for dinner. Some happen. Some don't.

As a child, whenever a plan fell through and disappointment flooded my heart, my mom would always turn to this old familiar quote:

the best laid plans of mice and men often go astray
(a paraphrase from the poem by Robert Burns called To a Mouse.)

I can't speak for mice, but I can speak for me, and in my lifetime, plans have often gone astray, awry, and everywhere else!

My plans, that is.


Not God's.


His plans are always in place.


Like the time I was engaged to someone who became engaged to someone else while still engaged to me. (True story! You cannot make this kind of stuff up!)


Or the time I ended up losing my job after twelve years of sacrifice, dedication, blood, sweat and tears. (Ok...no blood was involved, but my heart hurt so bad over this it felt like it was bleeding.)


Or the time I was expecting and miscarried.


Or the time I was expecting for the second time and miscarried.


Or the time I was expecting for the third time and miscarried.


My plans have gone astray. My plans have taken detours and led me to places I never thought I would be or ever hope to go again. My plans have twisted and turned until sometimes they were no longer recognizable. But...in the end...my plans have always led me to God.


Sometimes the road to God was sweet.


 Sometimes, it was bitter and full of doubt, questions, resentment and anger.


 Sometimes, it left me bitter and feeling hollow inside. But....at the end....God was there.

I HOPE THIS DOESN'T MEAN THERE ARE NO MIRACLES LEFT... !
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Looking back, I can see God's hand in some of the twists and turns.

When I think I could have married the "man of my dreams" (well, if he hadn't gotten engaged to someone else), and missed out on the husband I have now, I throw up my hands and thank God with every fiber of my being.

God knew best.

When I think I could have stayed at that job and missed out on re-locating near my parents and spending time with my precious Daddy during his last days on this earth, I throw up my hands and thank God with every fiber of my being.

God knew best.

When I think about those three precious little babies....

I cry.

Still.

And, I fold my hands in prayer and give my sorrow to the Lord once again. I have not yet seen the "why" behind this, but I have felt His love comfort me.

I have to trust that God knows best.

Our plans are not God's plans.

Our ways are not His ways.

But, His ways are perfectly perfect.


I can't speak for mice, but I can speak for me. When my plans falter, when disappointment and sorrow flood my heart, I turn to the truth found in God's word.

‎For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11.


My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.
... “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine." ~ Isaiah 55:8


In all things, God's ways are perfect... and for this, I throw up my hands and thank God with every fiber of my being.


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9 comments:

  1. There is so much encouragement here, friend. You have bared your heart and in doing so, opened up the possibility of faith and hope for others a little bit more.

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  2. Visiting from over at Jen's. This is a lovely post. Reminds me of God's sense of humor - because He laughs at me when I tell him my plans. :)

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  3. Hi Stacy - lovely post. At the end of the day, His way is best. When I look back I can also be grateful and thankful to God that He did NOT let me get my own way! And in those things where we cannot yet see what His reasoning is, we have to just trust, He knows best. Great encouraging post
    God bless
    Tracy

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  4. Thanks for a great reminder, jut when I needed it.
    Love you with every fiber of my being....

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  5. Stacy - I have often wondered why I was never able to have children, yet at the same time I could have been caring for small children at the time my husband was diagnosed with cancer and undergoing treatments. I'm thankful that I was able to be there for him without being torn between the two.

    We don't always understand God's plan, but His ways are always best. "The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps."

    Blessings,
    Joan

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  6. This is so beautifully encouraging. God's plans NEVER go awry!
    I also have babies in heaven, two of them, that I never got to meet.
    Thank you for sharing this, SDG sister.

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  7. amen! i love, love looking back and seeing just what the good Lord had in store! He rocks.
    i have been so disappointed in my life so many times, it's something i've really worked on.

    God bless~
    mountain mama

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  8. {Tears} My heart hurts over your loss of precious little ones. Hard things.

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  9. Thank you for this, Stacy. Oh, to live in this tension - to feel and share the pain honesty and yet still praise. Sometimes we see the redemption, or parts of it, and sometimes this faith is full of mystery. I have lost a sister, and wrestled, am wrestling. Thank you for these words, here.

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