For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
Called by God
Have you ever felt “called” or “led” by God? Has God ever given you a glimpse of his plan for you?
When I was seventeen, I knew that I was meant to be a teacher. I felt called by God to work with children. Showing kids new things was exciting for me. It was God’s plan for me; I knew it. However, I also knew that teachers did not make much money.
Rather than trusting in what I believed was God’s plan, I chose to plot my own course instead. As I set out to make my riches and find my own way in the world, I tried to bury the feelings of guilt that often come with avoiding responsibility. I tried to “un-recognize” a truth God had revealed to me about his plan for my life. Imagine trying to ignore the sun and “un-recognize” daylight.
Ignoring God’s Plan
A beautiful thing about God is that His plans account for our human inadequacy.
Over the course of a decade, I sought to build a future outside of what I knew God’s plan was for me. Over the same decade, God made my choice to ignore his will increasing uncomfortable. I had to work much harder. The work was more tedious, and ultimately unfulfilling.
During this time, our merciful God never gave up on His future for me. While I spent years ignoring His will, He spent years blessing me with a loving wife, three beautiful children, and daily opportunities to turn back to His plan. He never sought to harm me. His love never failed.
God loved me so much, He allowed me the desire of my heart. At the age of 25 I was hired for a manufacturing job that offered over eighteen dollars an hour. MY plan was coming together. I finally had the pay my heart had desired.
What I didn’t have was peace, contentment, joy, or a sense of purpose.
There came a moment, standing on that manufacturing floor, that I wondered if it was too late to embrace God’s will. In that moment I admitted to myself that where I was was not where I wanted to be. Was it too late to embrace God’s Plan?
Maybe you find yourself feeling the same way. Maybe you have been following your own plan. My encouragement today, is that you would seek out your Savior. Talk to God. It is not too late!