The thing that people said spoke to them about my message was this: that the story of Ruth shows us that there is no situation too difficult, no relationship too broken, no life so hopeless, no grief too great, that God cannot bring his healing, hope and breakthrough.
What a great promise for us to hold on to, especially when life isn’t turning out as we planned, and when God seems to be ‘messing’ with our life plan.
This week I wanted to share with you something I read which follows a similar theme – have a read and tell me what you think.
“Creating life plans is big business these days. For a sum of money, you can hire a Life Coach and they will then help you construct a master life plan. But the reality is, even if you don’t have a formal, written life plan, you have a life plan in your head. We all do. You have an imagined future in your head. You might want to get married, have kids, get a degree, start a business, travel to Europe, etc. You get the point. Now don’t get me wrong: I’m all for planning. Without plans, little of enduring value gets accomplished. Those who fail to plan, often find themselves binge watching on YouTube.
But the reality is, there are many times when God intentionally messes up my life plan. And that’s a really good thing.
Case in point: God really messed up Joseph’s life plan. His brothers threw him into a dry well, then sold him into slavery. He spent years in prison, waiting to be released. Finally, after many years of painful waiting, God exalted him to the second in command in all of Egypt. God messed up Joseph’s life plan, and it was a really good thing. He did for Joseph what Joseph could never have done for himself.
God really messed up Abraham and Sarah’s life plan. But it turned out to be a really good thing. God accomplished for Abraham what Abraham could never have accomplished on his own.
He Knows Exactly What He’s Doing
The moral of the story? God really, truly knows what he is doing. He usually takes longer than we would like. He often leads us through strange territory. Sometimes he defers, or even destroys our dreams. But God, our loving, tender, delightful Father, knows exactly what he is doing. He is accomplishing more in you and through you than you could ever think or imagine.
Are you in a place you never expected to be? Has God taken you on a path you never would have willfully chosen? Take heart. God hasn’t deserted you. He hasn’t forgotten you. He hasn’t made a mistake. He knows exactly what he’s doing. He knows exactly what you need and where you need to be.
The truth is, God’s life plan is always better than mine.”*
What a promise! What an encouragement to all of us.
*Article source: www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/when-god-messes-with-your-life-plan