God’s plans for you are bigger than your own.
You know the saying, “you make plans, and God laughs?” I feel like that has been the story of my life for a long time. When I was younger, I always planned on going to college close to my parents, so I could go home on the weekends, graduate from college, get married, get a job, have kids, and live in the same community I grew up in. Life did not unfold that way.
I went to college 4 hours away (I know it’s not too far, but it was extremely far for me). I left my comfort zone, and I’m all the better for it. I met some of my best friends in school, and I was able to establish my independence in a way that I would not have been able to had I stayed closer to home. I was challenged in my beliefs, and forced to defend my beliefs because they were my own, and not my family’s. I graduated from college, but I did not get a job right out of college like I had planned. I spent a year looking for a job, and in that time I was able to care for my Tia (aunt), and help her get back to a form of normal.
After working part-time retail, I found a job as a receptionist at a chiropractor’s office, and it was more in line with what I wanted to do, but still not quite what I wanted. Fast forward a year or two, and I’m still at the chiropractor’s office, and finally getting comfortable and growing in my position, and I was in a car accident. The car accident left me with injuries to my back, shoulder, and hip. Less than a week after the accident, I was let go from my job. My days were full of physical therapy, pain, doctor’s appointments, pain, and more physical therapy. I had to have surgery on my hip, and go back through the gambit of physical therapy again. Two months after surgery, I got the all clear from my doctor that I could begin to look into working again, and literally 2 days later, I slipped and fell and reinjured my hip and back.
I got married while still out of work, and in a lot of pain, but finally we got married. We planned to live in the area, and start a family at some point soon. Without warning, the management at our apartment complex increased our rent by $1000/month. We had no choice but to move in with my parents, and into my childhood bedroom. This was not in the plan. This was not what we wanted. Because we were so cramped in the room with a majority of our stuff in storage, it finally pushed me to accept the fact that we need to look into moving out of state. Tyler found a position in Sandpoint in the end of September, flew up for an interview in October, and was offered the position in December. We had 2 weeks to move our life from Southern California to Sandpoint. We left my parents’ house without a home to move to. We didn’t have time to plan everything out. The way that everything worked out is a story in itself, but we are here, and we are thriving.
My friend from college recently resigned from a job in the career that she loves, due to some internal issues at the workplace. Since I’ve known her, she has always had a plan for how things would go. She has wanted to be in education, and help kids for even longer. She is now up here looking for options. She is letting God work His plan out. It certainly wasn’t in her plans to be out of a job when she came up here, but she is going with it. I think this time is providing her the opportunity to relax, to enjoy some time off, and recuperate from a really tough season.
It’s difficult to believe that God has a plan for the rough season you are going through…but He does. If I hadn’t been in the accident, or even been let go from my job, we never would have moved up here. We never would have experienced spiritual growth at the depth we have. I wouldn’t have been able to provide a home for my friend to come to. I wouldn’t be able to introduce her to incredible people.
As Eric said a few weeks ago, it’s ok to be frustrated with the situation. It’s ok to be disappointed. I couldn’t understand not even just why, but HOW, God would use my being let go for his plan. But the truth is, He’s used it in a way to get me closer to Him. He’s surrounded me with people who will help me to learn to listen for His voice. And in turn, I can introduce my friend to that same space.
I mean…who would you rather have plan your life? The One who created it and can see all things…or the one with a limited view that is the here and now. I know which one I pick; which do you?
“'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. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.’"