Proverbs 16:9

A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.

After I graduated college, I had all of these wonderful plans and ideas for my life. I had big plans for exciting adventures as I followed Jesus and sought His will for my life. I had been learning more and more about how adventurous God is, so I was excited for all that was in store. However, a few months into post-grad life, my plans started to change. Things were not playing out as I had expected. It seemed as though every time I would get to the threshold of a new open door, it would shut. I started to feel discouraged, disappointed, and hopeless. I did not want to settle–I wanted the glorious adventure-driven life I had been planning up until this point.

After a few long months in my hometown, with no bedroom, no job, and no plans, I decided to pack my bags and move half-way across the country to live with family friends. I just needed to do something. All the closed doors along the journey were causing me to wallow in self-pity. I needed to break out of this cycle. So, with every intention of moving, I hopped on a plane.

It wasn’t long before I started to notice God’s voice again. He was dropping all kinds of hints, inviting me back into His plan for me. I could have said no to His offer, but I remembered the story of Jonah in the Bible and decided against that. I knew there was something God wanted to do in and through me–life with Him was the adventure I had been longing for. I realized I had taken my eyes off wanting Him and had placed them on ideas of what He could do for me. He graciously invited me back into His arms and His plans.

I’m sure my story is not the only one that involves chasing my own plans rather than God’s. I also know that I am not the only person who has encountered a fair share of closed doors. However, if there is one thing I have been learning throughout this crazy journey called life, it is the fact that God really does know what He’s doing. He wants each of us to have an abundant life; however, that doesn’t always mean things will play out exactly like we want them to. It’s okay to make plans, but do not let yourself hold so tight to them that you stop holding on to the One who wants the very best for you and can make it happen!

QUESTION 1. How have you seen God’s faithfulness in both closed and opened doors throughout your lifetime?
QUESTION 2. What plans are you holding on to? Are you willing to surrender them to God if He asks you to?
CHALLENGE: Lean into God when your plans don’t seem to be playing out how you imagined.
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