Often I hear people say, “God is good.” And He is! But it doesn’t always feel like it. In recent years, I hear more people saying, “God is good, all the time. All the time, God is good.” And He is! Even when it doesn’t feel like it. I’m learning that in a new way these days–that God has the best plan. It’s not really a “new lesson.” But God has me back in the classroom of life, learning to trusting Him with His plans for me.
I’ve been seeking direction from the Lord regarding how I’m to spend my writing time during the month of October. The #write31days challenge (writing every day during that month) is upon us. I participated last year, and God used that time to refine me–my faith, my blogging, and other areas of my life. So I’ve been looking forward to it this year. Reconnecting and deepening relationships with other blogging friends. Writing more consistently. In fact, the Lord has given me two rich topics to write on. Detailed outlines are ready to go!
God is leading me in a different direction.
I started writing a Bible study this summer. One I would like to publish next year. But it needs to be piloted beforehand–and it’s not ready! THIS is what God is putting His finger on for my writing commitment in October.
But I want to play with my friends in their playground!
For a few months, I looked over the fence, longing and making plans to play with them in their game–knowing deep down that God called me to something else.
Then God spoke clearly to my heart.
“What sorrow awaits my rebellious children,” says the Lord. “You make plans that are contrary to mine. You make alliances not directed by my Spirit, thus piling up your sins.” (Isaiah 30:1)
Oh, my! I do not want to be one of God’s rebellious children. I do not want to make plans that are contrary to His! I want my alliances to be directed by the Holy Spirit!
I had to stop and evaluate my true motivation for participating in the #write31days challenge. What I found wasn’t pretty. Although part of my heart wanted to glorify God, another part of my heart wanted to draw attention to myself.
As a result of a recent quiet time, I put a sticky note on my computer that says,
It's about advancing God's kingdom, not mine.
Lord Jesus, it’s about advancing YOUR kingdom. It’s not about advancing mine.
And then God reminded me …
And [God] gives grace generously. As the Scriptures say, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” (James 4:6)
I want to humbly accept and enjoy the different playground God has for me. One filled with wide-open spaces, where I can thrive and bring Him glory.
Indeed, God is good. So are His ways. His plans for us are good.
Give thanks to the Lord for He is good. His faithful love endures forever. (Psalm 118:2)
All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful for those who keep the demands of his covenant. (Psalm 25:10)
I can still participate in #write31days, it just won’t be on my blog. This is GOOD! And because I am aligning myself with Him, He has changed my heart. What felt more like being left out, now feels exciting! God has the best plan, and I am embracing it! I can trust Him with my future.
Guess what … So can you! Are you making plans that align with God’s plan for your life? Let’s celebrate God’s goodness together as we follow His ways.
We can make our plan but the Lord determines our steps. (Proverbs 16:9)
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