Life Doesn’t Always Go To Plan

8:57 pm Wendy van Eyck 6 Comments

Mortals make plans, but God has the last word. Proverbs 16:1 (MSG)

In January, my husband and I had a plan for the year.

We were going to learn French.

Maybe visit France.

We were going to refurbish the house we’d bought a month or two before. Strip and paint and make it look like something out of a magazine. 

But life doesn’t always go to plan.

By February, my husband had been diagnosed with cancer. 

And all our plans for the year didn’t matter much anymore. 

In their place were hospital visits, and fertility planning and an attempt to learn the language of phlebotomists and blood results.  

We learnt something else along the way - something a friend grieving the loss of a child reminded me about – that even when it all seems out of control God knew the plan the whole time.

Our plans were never really ours to begin with. They belonged to God all along. 

While I spoke to my friend she reminded me as she fought back tears that God has the last word - and that his word is good and true and kind - because He is. 

I’m not sure whether it’s comforting or not to realize that God knows about cancer and miscarriages and other things that throw our plans off balance. Part of me asks, “If you know it God then why do you let it happen?”

But despite the questions and the uncertainty and the pain, I do find it comforting that whatever happens, God – who loves you and me – has the last word. 

I’m sure if I could see the beginning from the end, I’d see that God’s last word is always better than my best laid plans. (<-- Tweet this by clicking here)

What stops you from believing that God has the last word? (I would love for you to share your thoughts in the comments.)

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