Sulk Or Surrender? When God Changes Your Plans
The longer I live, the more I am convinced that the Lord has a sense of humor. There are times that I’m certain He is laughing at me, even if only in my mind. Those times when I am confident that I have the right answer, only to find out I’m flat wrong; those times when I’ve mapped out the perfect plan to accomplish a short-term goal, only to find myself nowhere near reaching my goal six months later. And what about the time I went through my favorite fast food drive-thru, ordered a bunch of food, only to realize I didn’t have my debit card on me OR any cash! I'm sure the Lord was smiling at me :-) My plans don’t always turn out that great, but God’s plans are always perfect, even if they cause me frustration or discomfort. It is in those moments that the Lord also reminds me how much he cares for me.
Last month, our son became very sick. What started as a mild cough progressed to a temperature that wouldn’t respond to medicine, an ear infection and a lot of other things too yucky to mention here. My husband and I had many sleepless nights and we were very worried. No mother or father enjoys seeing their children sick. As we were taking him back and forth to the doctor, we were both getting slightly agitated with not knowing what was causing him to be sick. By God’s grace it ended up being a nasty virus and he is now back to his normal, happy self.
The humorous part to this story (at least now we can laugh) is that a few days prior to our son getting sick, I had made this elaborate meal plan for our family. Planning meals is my homemaking weakness. I hate planning meals because I always think, “What if I don’t want lasagna on Tuesday, what if I want a quesadilla??” Silly, right? But it’s a real struggle for me! That wonderful meal plan that I had made never saw the light of day. God and his sovereignty had a different plan for me. His “plan” consisted of me giving my son teaspoons of chicken broth, because his body couldn’t handle much else. My meal “plan” turned into PB&J sandwiches and fruit for my girls because my husband and I were taking turns disinfecting the house trying to ensure as best we could that they didn’t get sick. There was no time to prepare an elaborate family dinner. There was no time to sulk about what wasn't getting done either. Clearly, the Lord wasn’t all that concerned with MY plans! The week that I planned to be totally organized was a week of total chaos.
God has an amazing way of shifting our focus to what is most important. In my heart, having my meals organized for the week was a really big deal. My son’s health however, was a much bigger deal. As we sat by his bedside making sure he was comfortable, our family was reminded how important we are to each other. Life can change so quickly. It’s important to laugh and play and to sing and pray together. God changed my plans so that I could rely on him and be reminded of how he is in control of all things.
Have you planned something recently, only to have the Lord say, “No, I have something else I need you to do?” More than likely your disruption is being used to teach you something important. His plans are never without purpose. Will you trust Him with your plans? Sulk or surrender; which one will you choose?