When God's Plans Don't Make Sense

When God's Plans Don't Make Sense

Thy will be done.

Carissa Sawyer

When I started college, I thought I had my whole life planned out perfectly. I had just turned 18, joined a sorority and was finally living on my own. So much independence was a big change for me, and I took advantage of it by going out with friends as much as possible.

On Labor Day weekend, I got into someone's vehicle after a night of partying and was never the same. We were in a horrific car accident that totaled the truck (as you can see in the picture) and left me paralyzed from the waist down. Suddenly, all of the plans I had for my life were put on hold, and I couldn’t help but wonder why God would let something so terrible happen if He loved me. His plans don’t always make sense and that’s okay.

We live in a fast-paced world and expect answers within seconds (looking at you, Google). So when something happens in our lives that we just can’t comprehend and time goes on without explanation, we get frustrated. It’s easy to play into the idea that God isn’t listening when you cry out to Him simply because nothing has changed, which leads to further disappointment and anger.

The beautiful thing to remember is this: God wrecks your plans before your plans can wreck you. As Christians, it isn’t our job to make sense of everything that happens. It’s our job to trust in His greater plan and know that it all happens for a reason.

People like to say that the Lord gives the toughest battles to his strongest soldiers, and maybe that’s true. This is the thing… God never promised that life wouldn’t be hard. What He did promise is that He would always be with us, no matter what we go through. When you feel like your life is crashing down around you, find peace in the truth that God sees, hears and loves you more than you could ever imagine. Not a single day passes in which you are ever alone.

Have you ever considered that the struggle you’re facing might actually be an opportunity to strengthen your relationship with Him? Maybe God has been speaking to your heart, but you haven’t been ready to hear him until now. This change of plans could even be a way for you to connect to new people whom you would never have met otherwise.

I can’t tell you that you won’t wonder, “What if my plans had worked out the way I imagined them?” at least once. In fact, you'll probably wonder that a lot. However, I can tell you that none of it matters; the past is over and the future is waiting. God is holding you in the palm of His hand in every second, and His plans are there for a reason.

God himself said, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9) When you feel broken inside and can’t find a single answer for why life happens the way it does, remember that verse. You may feel weak and alone, but God is using the pain to make you stronger.

Personally, my relationship with God is so much closer than it has ever been. Although this plan is different than the one I designed for myself, I find solace knowing that it is the path God has made for me. Is it hard most of the time? Definitely. If we didn’t see darkness at night, we would never appreciate the stars in the sky. Without pain and uncertainty in life, we would never experience pure joy and clarity.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

These 11 Face Masks On Etsy Support Small Businesses While Fighting The Spread Of Coronavirus

We're staying safe as states start lifting lockdown guidelines.

I, like most people who have had the luxury of being able to stay at home during this time, haven't spent much time outdoors at all. But when I do brave the great outdoors for a walk or to get to the grocery store, you won't find me without a mask.

My family and I were lucky enough to have family friends who were sewing some and had extras to give to us, but most of my friends and loved ones outside my immediate family have had to order some (or make a makeshift one out of scarves or bandanas).

Keep Reading... Show less

13 Reasons We're Using Quarantine As The Ultimate Excuse For Online Shopping This Month

The one thing we haven't distanced from is our bank account.

Throughout quarantine, I've been FaceTiming most of my friends in a full turtleneck or the go-to cozy sweater I keep wrapped around the chair in my room. Either way, I always have tea in my hands to keep myself warm — till this past week.

For most of the country who hasn't had the luck of quarantining in 90-degree weather on their family's lake house or with a backyard pool, things began to change this month. Our favorite shows came out with summer seasons, the sun came out, and we started spending more time outside.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

I Sat Down (Virtually) With Morgan Wooten To Talk About Coronavirus's Impact On The Wellness Industry

Just because coronavirus has greatly impacted the wellness industry doesn't mean wellness stops.

Morgan Wooten

If you're anything like me, your weekly fitness classes are a huge part of your routine. They keep me fit, healthy, and sane. Honestly, these classes help my mental health stay in tip-top shape just as much as they help my physical health.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, gyms and fitness studios are facing temporary closure. Yes, this means my personal routine is thrown a curveball, but this also means the wellness industry is one of many that is looking at unemployment and hardship. Do I miss my Monday spin class? Of course. But do the wellness professionals whose worlds were flipped upside down have a lot more to overcome than a slight change of routine? Absolutely. Thankfully, if anyone can prove the ultimate flexibility, it's the wellness industry.

Keep Reading... Show less

If you are a normal person who spends most of their time streaming TV shows, you'll know that "Friends" was taken off Netflix early in 2020. Given that a global pandemic followed shortly after, many diehard fans of the show stuck in quarantine have been experiencing significant Central Perk withdrawal.

Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

How To Interview A Class Of 2020 Graduate

What they've been through is truly unprecedented.


No matter how you want to spin it, the Class of 2020 will be the first class graduating amidst a global pandemic.

Keep Reading... Show less

By now, it is safe to declare "Outer Banks" on Netflix as THE TV Show of quarantine.

"Tiger King" got out to an early lead, but since, the Pogues and the Kooks have owned pop culture conversations while everyone has been couped up this spring amidst a global pandemic. And if you are one of the very few people out there in the world that has not heard about "Outer Banks" and or haven't binged it yet, well...

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

I Spoke To A California ER Doctor About COVID-19, And Y'all, Our Healthcare Workers Know What's Up

In light of what's going on in the world, it's time to get some front-line perspective.

It seems like the only thing I do these days is scroll through social media in a desperate attempt to gain information. My phone has called me out on my screen time more than once, and I just continue to ignore it. You're probably in the same boat — stuck at home, scrolling deeper and deeper into a hole of conspiracy theories and possible "back to normalcy" dates, hungry for information.

While we know that the news is not our mental health's friend these days, getting reliable information is helpful and necessary.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments