This is not what I had prepared

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It looks that this past 12 months and a 50 percent has not long gone as any one had assumed or prepared. No a person imagined COVID would spark a world-wide pandemic. No one considered the pandemic would “last this lengthy.” No a person assumed COVID would “make a arrive-again.”

This earlier calendar year and a half has not been a single that any of us could have planned for. So, what do we do when all the things we experienced prepared, get tossed by the wayside for some thing that was not planned? I’m confident this is a problem that many of us have questioned ourselves.

I’m not confident about you, but I am a planner. I like being aware of what I am accomplishing and what I have coming up. I love getting lists of particulars that want to be completed that I can test off as they are completed.

Thinks not going as planned does not generally set perfectly with me. But, this previous calendar year and a 50 percent reminded me that my programs do not subject when I enable my setting up to get in the way of what God has planned.

A usually known part of scripture is Proverbs 3 verse 5 & 6 “Trust in the Lord with all your coronary heart and lean not on your possess knowledge, in all your techniques submit to him, and he will make your route straight” (NIV).

Nowhere in this portion of scripture does it say that God will make my options function out. Rather, it says that I will need to set my have confidence in in Him and He will make issues operate out.

In the Lord’s prayer we pray “thy will be performed,” not my will.

So, what does this suggest for a person like me who needs thorough designs to adhere to?

When items are not likely as we prepared, we require to recenter ourselves. We have to have to get refocused on in which our emphasis actually requires to be, God. It is great to have a detailed strategy and to know what you are undertaking and when it desires to be completed by, but sometimes we make it possible for ourselves to get in advance of God. Sometimes our designs are not in line with God’s ideas.

If this previous yr and a fifty percent has taught me just about anything, it is that we will need to refocus ourselves on God. Really don’t get me incorrect, acquiring your personal strategies is wonderful, but are they in line with God’s program? Normally times we get comfortable in our everyday lives and the options we have planned that we little by little go away God out of our designs.

My problem for myself and absolutely everyone looking at this write-up is to recenter oneself on God. Exactly where is He main you? What options is He putting in front of you? When your strategies never work out, transform to God and see in which He is foremost you to go following.

The writer is a pastor and assistant corps officer with the Salvation Army Sidney/Shelby County.