My sister and I purchased tickets months ago to attend a Christian conference in our hometown. I marked the date on my calendar and explained to family and friends that I would not be available that day.
I anticipated the short departure from my busy life to focus on God and his Word. I was sure I was going to receive a great revelation during the conference that would change my life.
On the morning of the event, I packed my bible and a notebook and met my sister at a local restaurant for breakfast. We were happily discussing the day’s events when I received a phone call that call changed the course of my day. I had no choice but to abandon my eagerly awaited plans with my sister.
Has this ever happened to you? You plan and plan for an event and, at the last minute, it unravels right in front of you. This is what happened to me that day – only with a twist. While I was busy with my unexpected plans, I was again taken in a different direction by another phone call.
Just that morning, I asked God to use me that day for his needs. Of course when I was praying, I was thinking he would use me at the conference. But God’s plans are not always our plans.
Isaiah 55:8 says:
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
God’s plans for us are not always the same as our own plans. We only see what is in front of us this moment, but God has a bigger view and knows exactly where we need to go.
I was disappointed as I waved goodbye to my sister who went without me, but I knew God had plans for me elsewhere. If I wanted him to use me, then I needed to be willing to obey his commands.
I encourage you today, friends, to follow God’s direction, even if it means giving up eagerly awaited plans.
In the end, I did not receive any great revelations, but I was able to see what God had seen from the beginning. My husband’s beloved uncle had passed away that morning. If I had gone to the conference, I would not have been able to be with him and his family in their time of sadness.