“Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding” (Proverbs 3:13).
I cannot tell you how many times I have made plans, have thought I was on the right course in some particular matter, and have been knocked off of course, only to eventually see that the Lord had a better way planned.
Accepting the bumps in the road, adjusting our plans, and being always prepared for changes–this is the way of life with chronic illness. You might be making progress, gaining momentum, and then suddenly find the road blocked, or twisting and turning in some new direction. Such is life with illness.
It can be helpful to remember when our plans are laid waste that the Lord often has a better plan. Remembering times in the past when our plans were shredded before our eyes, and yet discovering the Lord had a much better way forward, this can help us when our hopes are disappointed.
Just recently I thought I had finally found a proper course for dealing with one of my particular ailments, only to have to admit the treatment was a dismal failure.
At such times we can cave in to defeat, or ask God for a new plan. Often we discover His plan is much better. And so it was in my case. If I could have seen it beforehand, I would have rejoiced that His way was better. But that is what faith is for, believing in Him and trusting Him even when we can’t see the way ahead.
Maybe your well laid plans, or a particular treatment for illness has come up short, perhaps it is time to ask God if He has a better plan, and be watchful for when He opens new doors, brings new ideas, and shows us the way forward.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us not to become discouraged when our plans fall apart, but to look up and watch and wait for Your plan. Amen.
About the Author:
Karlton Douglas lives in Ohio with his lovely wife. He is grateful that the Lord picks up the pieces when his plans fall apart, and builds something new and better.
Do your plans sometimes get wrecked by illness? Have you asked the Lord for His ideas, His plans for you?
It is so natural to put our hope in our plans. If we can just feel better, if we can just have that surgery, if that medicine will work, if we can just get back to working again. Regardless of whether our plans happen or not, we can’t put our hope there. As this song, “Only Hope” says, we can only put our hope in Jesus–not even Jesus’ plans for us. Just Jesus. Enjoy this song by Caedmon’s Call. Hugs. -Lisa