I thought long and hard about what kind of car I needed. My plan was to open my own catering business, so I knew I needed a vehicle with lots and LOTS of storage space. Plus, I planned on getting married in the next few years, so I needed something with a high safety rating. I could already envision two little car seats in the backseat. And so I landed on the Honda CR-V...in blue, of course. Plenty of room, high safety rating, my favorite color...we were going to go places!
Eight years later, and there's no catering business, no marriage, and no children.
"For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." -Jeremiah 29:11
If I had told myself 8 years ago that I wouldn't go into catering, and I wouldn't be married by 30, I think I would have died. Just dieeeeed. I can hear my conversation with God now, "GOD! My dream is to be a caterer! My dream is to be married!! My dream is to have children!!! How do You NOT consider this disastrous?? THAT is a disaster! A COMPLETE DISASTER! What's left for me?? Where is the 'hope and a future' in THAT??"
If God had given me a choice between the life I dreamed and the life He's given me now, I would have easily said 'no' to God's plan. I mean, what could be better than my dream? Had I kept following my plans, I would have missed out on the joy of being right where He wants me.
"We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps." Proverbs 16:9
The best part is it's not over yet. I'm so thankful God is the one who determines my steps. He's done a pretty good job :-).
What's the dream you had in mind for yourself, but God has turned it into something better?