Embracing Life's Detours
“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD." Isaiah 55:8
My Weekday Schooler has many amazing qualities, talents and characteristics. That said, changing circumstances fluidly has never been one of them. Whether it's leaving the park to go home during a fun outing, or transitioning from doing puzzles (one of his favorite activities) to getting into the car to go to Publix, I often get frustrated when he doesn't accept change and transition easily. I can't tell you how many times we have left playdates, birthday parties and the Science Center kicking and screaming.
However, I have recently been convicted when thinking about myself. How well do I handle change? Not well at all either. I am about as scheduled as they come; I love routines and organization, and I get thrown off easily if plans don't go exactly as I envision. I've recently realized that I am getting frustrated with my son for the same things that I do myself. I'd love to say that I completely embrace each and every curveball that comes my way, but most times I get frustrated and feel a lack of control.
Thankfully, God reminds us in Proverbs 19:21 that “many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” We can rest in the truth that He has a purpose for each occurrence in our lives, whether they seem unexpected to us or not. They were always a part of God's plan. Additionally, in Isaiah 55:8, God says, "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways." Therefore, not only does He have a sovereign plan for our lives, God's thoughts and plans might not make sense to us, but they do to Him, and that's all that matters.
So, just as it's a challenge to reason with our toddlers about why we have to leave the Science Center, let us humbly recognize that we sometimes act similarly when faced with detours from "our" plans. As we desire for our children to simply trust that we are making the best decisions and plans for them and follow along, let us trust that God is making the best plans for us, try to not question Him, and accept that our Maker is in control and that His plans are the best for us.
Amy Mixson, Faith and Family Coordinator