“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.” Jeremiah 29:11.
We make a lot of plans of our own – for our lives or just for the week or the day. They don’t always turn out quite the way we planned – sometimes better, sometimes worse. Making plans for the future can be really scary, though, especially at crucial junctures of our lives. Many of us are rightly concerned about God’s plan for our lives. What does He want me to study? What career path should I choose? What does He want me to do with my life? In my own life, these questions and worries have sometimes made me want to just postpone the decisions, to stay put and just wait for God to post big neon signs with the way He wants me to go or to speak to me in an audible voice during my prayers and tell me what He wants me to do. I don’t doubt that God may speak to some people that way but it’s probably not the way He will speak to all of us. So how do we figure out how to live our lives? Some say that we should wait and pray until God gives some kind of sign to the next step. Others say that we should start moving, asking God to guide our steps and to stop us when we’re going the wrong way or when he has something better in store for us. Some see God’s plan for our lives as very specific while others think of it as a little looser – that He gave us our gifts, talents and condition in life as something for us to use creatively to serve him to the best of our abilities. These views don’t have to be contradictory; they may complement each other. What is certain is that God loves us and that life is a gift and an adventure. The world we live in was created by God and is essentially good even though it is now broken. He created the world for us to explore and enjoy in Him and to reflect who He is. You don’t have to know God’s plan for your entire life right now. In fact I think it’s probably more fun not to. Just take it one step at a time knowing God is in control and He knows what is best for you in the long run. At each step, keep your eyes open and see God’s plans and the way He communicates it with you. It may be through the Bible portion you read, through prayer, through people, through His creations, or through any means He wants. Take time to see this instead of only worrying about the next step. Hold His hand and go in confidence towards being who He created you to be! If you seek His will for your life, one detour will not make his whole plan fail. He knows how to get you where you need to be.