God’s Plans, My Plans, and Quiet Little Miracles

Greetings! Thank God that His mercies are new every morning.

For the last two weeks I’ve been whining about the change in my plans. I was hoping to keep working for the family business part-time and write part-time. Due to the recession, I get to keep one job (family business), look for a full-time bookkeeping job, putting my writing on the back burner. I won’t deny it- it makes me sad.

However, notice I said ‘my plans’, not ‘God’s plans.’

In my post ‘Free Fall’, I spoke of how my trust in God has changed in the ten years since my daughter died. I don’t know how God works in the lives of people who don’t know Him or don’t hand over control of their situations to Him. But I do know this one thing:

When I do my best to hand over control of my life to God on a day-to-day basis, He will orchestrate my circumstances for my good and His glory.

This does not mean I will get everything I want. On the contrary- God (who loves me dearly) is far more concerned with growing me into the person He knows I can be than He is in giving me what I think I want. This seems like bad news. However, He knows better than I do what I need and what I want. I only figure it out after the fact.

Like a great parent, He can see far beyond my vision. He has plans for me I can’t even begin to imagine. Every once a in while, He gives me a glimpse of His plan, and the tiniest little nod of encouragement.

Today’s Upper Room devotional is a piece I wrote about getting sober. This morning has been amazing. I’ve gotten emails from all over the US and a phone call from a lady in New Jersey. The most poignant message was from a woman in South Carolina, newly sober, who didn’t think she could get through the day. How amazing God is! To give me the opportunity to write her and tell her that our God is big enough to fight her battles if she will only stand in His shadow, pray hard, and cling to His Word. I should know- I practice doing this almost every day.

Whether I get to keep writing or plug numbers into Quick Books, it is my privilege to do it all for the glory of God.

Amen? Amen!

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