When My Plans Compete With God’s

The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps. Proverbs 16:9

Shortly after leaving the elementary classroom in order to pursue my “next chapter” as a writer, I purchased tickets to attend a writer’s conference and flew 735 miles to pitch my study guide to a publishing agent. Upon arriving, I was informed that the agent scheduled to meet with me was sick and wouldn’t be attending.

This discovery devastated me and shattered all my plans. My investment of time, money, and energy was non-refundable. In my highly emotional state I retreated to my room, fell to my knees, and I’m uncertain whether I did more praying or crying. For a brief moment, I quieted myself to whisper a plea for God to somehow reveal His plan in the midst of my disappointment.

While reaching for a tissue, my eyes glanced at the title of my study guide, “Embracing Joy Whatever Your Experience.” It was then that it hit, the outcomes I desired for this conference were my desires that I formed into my plans and assumed they were God’s desires. It was time to surrender my failed plans and invite God to reveal what he desired for me thorough this conference.

Although I didn’t leave the conference with a book contract, I left free of personal desires that would have blinded me from discovering God’s plans for me during this conference.  

Personal Response

  • Be aware of the danger in assuming your desires and plans are God’s.
  • Ask God not to bless what you are doing but to help you do what He wants to bless.
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One Response to “When My Plans Compete With God’s”

  1. Laurie Says:

    Wow, can I relate. With all that is going on at church these days I am constantly praying for God to have His way, not my way. I find myself getting angry, emotional and I just feel like giving up at times but the Holy Spirit keeps reminding me that this battle isn’t mine, it is HIS!

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