Awhile back I had a reader leave me a private comment asking me how I had the faith that I do. She went on further to explain that for years her and her family had this dream of adopting again and buying a farm where they could raise their children, raise their food and live a simple life for God. However, no matter how much they prayed things just didn't seem to be falling into place financially or other ways for that to take place and she was at a point where she felt like she was wasting her time praying for these things. She was wondering if perhaps these things were just dreams- and not realistic for her and her family.
Most of us have this idea of how our lives would be if we had a choice. However, we all know that sometimes no matter how hard we 'plan' and 'arrange' and work towards a goal- sometimes things don't turn out the way we wish they would. While that can be frustrating- what I love about being a Christian is that I know without a doubt that even though things don't turn out the way "I" had intended- I know that they turn out the way GOD intended.
And that is true- even when things are hard.
Because the truth is- God works best when we allow Him to have full reign of our lives. When we allow Him to stretch us and grow us through the pain. When we surrender FULLY to His plans.
And even though our plans may look 'Godly' and good- if it isn't what He has for us- then it is not where we are supposed to be.
Sometimes I am guilty of looking at other peoples lives and wishing so much I could have what they have or be where they are. But that is not what God has for me. And while I may WANT that life- truthfully I know that He knows best. He can see the whole picture. He works everything together for the good of those who trust in Him. Even when it's not what we had planned.
Because while I don't have a crystal ball- one things I do know is that God DOES have a plan for each one of us. I know whatever He has planned for you is GOOD. Actually, it's better than good- it's perfect.
Perfect for the way he created you.
Perfect for the talents and gifts He has given you.
Perfect according to His plans.
I don't know if one day He won't have another child for you- or for a farm or anything else you have desired... but what I do know is that He has you where you are now, and He is working out His plans for your life. Your job now is to be still and know that he is God. (Psalms 46:10) Trust that He is working, even while you wait- right where He has you now.
I also know that praying is NEVER a waste of time- even if God is not answering your prayers the way you want at the moment. ANY time spent earnestly before the Lord, listening to His voice, seeking his face, isn't a waste of time. In that time spend on your knees before Him He will create a passion in you, a desire, to draw closer to Him and live out the life He has intended for you this entire time. And it will be GOOD.
Jeremiah 33:3 says: Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come. When you spend time in prayer, earnestly seeking God, I believe He will allow you to a better understand of His heart and His ways. I believe He will start to show you, little by little the plans He has for your life. I know for a fact that if 18 years ago if God would have told us that we would have 9 multi racial children with different special needs- we would have ran. I seriously don't think we could have handled that news yet. Because, we were not prepared. 18 years ago we had our eyes set on a different set of plans. But this is what God had for us- and it's better than anything I could have ever dreamed. Has it always been easy? Absolutely not. Sometimes that changing and molding hurts bad. But we kept our eyes on Him, surrendered to His will and said Yes to whatever He had for us. It hasn't always been comfortable- but sure has been GOOD.
So go ahead and spend time before the Lord. Share with Him your heart and your desires, and then really listen. He cares and He loves spending time with you. But be willing to surrender your desires for His. Be willing to trust Him for the best. I promise you that while His plans may look nothing like yours- they will be even better.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7