Recently I wrote a blog post about Using Scripture to Guide your Decision Making. Today I am excited to have Anne Markey from One Determined Life sharing about her experience in college, and how she learned about making plans according to God’s direction. Thank you Anne for guest posting here at Mama of Three Boys!
At every interview I have ever had I’ve been asked the same question: Where do you see yourself in 5 years? I understand why they ask that question, but I do not like it. When I was in university I made a 5 year plan. I knew where I wanted to go and how I was going to get there. I set my goal and started the course.
I went to school to be a nurse, and planned to work in nursing for my entire life. When I finished 2 full years of nursing I was told that I had failed a course and would have to redo that class before I could move on. I had planned to be done with my schooling in 4 years and here I was being told that I had to do one more year of schooling. I went through channels to see if the decision could be reversed but there was nothing I could do. I had a choice to make: take one more year and finish my nursing degree or change my plans completely. After discussing the matter with my parents and sitting down with my sister to make a pro/cons list and praying about what to do, I made my decision. I decided to leave nursing and go into a general arts program at a university in my home town. I left 2 years of schooling and set myself on a different path.
In a short time, my plans for my future had changed and I had no clue why. I felt overwhelmed, embarrassed, and a bit lost. It was not until a few years later that I understood why I left one school and went down a different path. Once I had changed programs and cities, I was able to finish my degree early and found a job soon afterwards. A few months into that job I met a boy at a bus stop. We got to know each other and have now been married for 10 years and have 3 beautiful children together. If I had stayed in nursing school, I don’t think I would ever have met my husband. God put me on a new path because He knew what was down the road and had a plan for me and my life. Even though I did not understand what was going on at the time, I can now see His hand and direction during that time.
What does the bible say about making plans?
1. He directs our steps
Proverbs 3:6 NKJV
“In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.”
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2. His ways are different
Isaiah 55:8 NKJV
““For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD.”
Sometimes we will go through hard things and we don’t know why. But God’s way of getting to something is not always going to match with our plan or the way we think something should go. It’s good to understand that God sees the whole picture and will take us down the right path even though we may not understand.
3. We should plan for God’s will
James 4:13-17 NKJV
“Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.”
God’s wants us to trust Him for our future. He also wants us to be ready for Him to change our plans and direct us. We need to know that it is God who controls all things and that everything in our lives is according to His will, not ours.
4. We are not to worry about the future
Luke 12:22-25 NKJV
“Then He said to His disciples, “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on. Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing. Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds? And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?”
God does not want us to be consumed with what will happen in the future and tells us that worrying about the future will not change the outcome.
I think that plans are good and being ready for the future is responsible. But for me, after my life was turned upside down, I stopped making 5 year plans. Instead, I set goals and try to seek God’s specific direction for the future. When I do make plans for the future, I try to make sure that I understand that God may change my plans and that if He does, it will ultimately be for the better.
How has God directed your path?
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