Published on April 10th, 2014 | by SoniaJHarris0
The Master Plan by Felicia Hefney
Last December I had a plan. I planned to work as a director for a particular organization. I planned to update my resume, edit my cover letter and submit all of my paperwork by the deadline I created. I literally had everything planned out, and could imagine myself excelling in this new career and advancing to a more a prestigious position. However, in the midst of all that planning, I never really took the time to ask God if my plans were in line with His plans. It wasn’t until I submitted my resume that I finally said, “God, if this career move isn’t in Your will for my life, don’t even open the door.” You see, I didn’t want to risk the possibility of accepting the position if it was not a part of His will. In January of this year, I realized that God actually had a completely different plan for my life. I never received a call from the organization I applied to, but I now understand that if I had accepted the job, it would have been extremely difficult for me to fulfill what God was calling me to do. I may have had the career that I thought I needed, but chances are I would have been very unhappy because I would not have been walking in my purpose.
What’s so amazing is that we don’t have to rack our brains with planning every detail of our lives because God planned each one of our days on earth before we were born. Psalm 139:16 (NLT) says, you saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. What’s even more amazing is that His plan for our lives is good! Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT) For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
But as always, Jesus gives us free will to choose His plan, to trust Him enough to submit our dreams, goals and desires over to Him. When we do submit to His will, He directs our lives according to the wonderful plan He created for us. When we finally say, “God, I trust you. Tell me what you want me to do,” He intervenes and begins to place desires in our heart that are in line with His will. He begins to direct us daily towards the tasks we should complete and even places people in our lives that will support and encourage us along the way (I call those divine connections).
This week I want us to begin living according to Proverbs 3:6 which says, Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take. Do you have a vision board, vision book or a list of goals for 2014? I challenge you to submit those dreams and desires to God. Pray that He will guide your steps and reveal to you anything that is not in line with His will for your life. Trust that His plan is 100 times better than any plan you could ever create for yourself, and if you feel led to, reorganize your vision board, rewrite those goals so that they are in total alignment with His plan. Lastly, always remember that you will never be happier than when you are in the will of God.
I want to leave you with a prayer to meditate on this week. Say this prayer daily and carry the words deep within your spirit.
Dear Jesus, there are so many things I want to accomplish, so many goals I want to achieve, but I realize that they mean nothing if they are not in line with Your will for my life. God, I trust you, and I believe that Your plan for my life is great. I submit each of my heart’s desires to you and pray that they would reflect what You would have me to do. I pray that You would lead me to my calling and purpose in life, and I pray that You would give me clarity around what You want me to do from this day forward.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
-Written by Felicia Hefney
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