Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Not My Plans, But Yours

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

Notice this dos NOT say, "For I know the plans you have..." or "I know what you want to happen in your life."

I am a control freak. I like to be in control, at the wheel, calling the shots, what have you. But I am constantly reminded that I am not, in fact, behind the wheel. The wheel I desperately cling to is more like one of those baby wheels a la Maggie Simpsons in the opening credits.

I do not have any more control over my life than Maggie has over the wheel of her mom's car. Oh, I try, I sure do. I yank on that wheel, trying to turn it this way and that, but I don't have it. Not only do I not have control - I don't even have the right wheel.

This is not news to me. I have known this for a long time now. In the TV show of life, God holds the remote - not me. I know this. Yet when things don't go "my" way, I get angry, sad, bitter, surprised, depressed, enraged, shocked and more.

I need to let God be in control. Well, I don't have a choice, really. And it's much better that way. I say all the time that God's plan is perfect and my own is far from it. But that doesn't mean I don't question why things happen when or how they happen. That doesn't mean I don't get upset and question what the benefit of a seemingly bad thing is.

But the point, if there is one here, is that God's will is perfect and sovereign. And I will praise Him in this storm.

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding." ~ Prov 3:5


tnthicks said...

Well said, Allison! Hang in there, and hang on to the truth ... it will get you through.

sheridan said...

Love you sweet friend.


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