There's Our Plans And There's God's Plans

There's Our Plans And There's God's Plans

For When We Must Trust God's Plan Over Ours

The future can be a complicated topic to talk about. It can be somewhat scary and uncomfortable to be unsure as to what the future will hold for us. As humans, we like and are more comfortable with things that are familiar to us. We enjoy things that we can control and there is nothing wrong with that. This is why we plan our future - to be prepared and to feel like we have somewhat of a control over what will happen in the future. We plan our career paths, when we have to be in and out of college, when we plan to propose or get married, where we will live and work years from now, etc.

Now, don't misunderstand me - there is nothing wrong with planning for the future. It is actually encouraged. I myself have plans to become a doctor, to get married, to eventually go back to work in Puerto Rico, etc. However, we must also understand that God may have different plans for our lives. It is hard for many of us to think that after all the hard work and effort we have put and will put into our future plans, God may have something else in mind.

The Bible is full of accounts of people who had big plans in mind and then God changed them. Galatians and Acts show us how Paul actually persecuted Christians. He had plans to arrest and persecute Christians in Damascus when all of the sudden Jesus himself appeared before him. From that moment on, Paul became one of the greatest pillars of Christianity and probably the reason many of us today have heard of Christ.

Also, 2 Kings 5 tells the story of a Syrian general who had leprosy. He hears that the prophet Elisha in Israel can heal him and so he begins planning. He planned to get the king's approval, travel to Elisha, Elisha would pray over him, and whether or not he would be healed he would return to Syria to continue the war. Instead, when he gets to the prophet he is greeted by a messenger (not the great prophet he had hoped for). The messenger tells him to wash himself in the Jordan River seven times to be healed.

Take a moment to understand what is probably going through the general's mind. He had every right to simply turn around and go home to what he wanted to do and was used to. However, this general and great soldier of the Syrian army takes a leap of faith and follows the instructions and washes himself seven times in the filthy Jordan River.

Ok, yes, their plans din't work out, but what does that have to do with me? The point is that God has better plans in mind. There is our plans and there's God's plans, and we have the choice to be humble enough and to have enough faith to accept His plan for our lives. Many people don't like the idea that God doesn't just let us do what we want and think is best.

However, It is comforting to me not only does God give us the choice to trust His plans, but that the God who created the universe - the who cares for me and loves me, who knows the future, who knows everything, and who knows what He's doing - that He has a plan for my life better than anything I can plan for myself.

Morgan Freeman (who plays God) and Steve Carell (who plays Evan Baxter) illustrate this perfectly in the movie Evan Almighty. Here is a clip that shows a bit of how God's plans and ours may conflict, but ultimately God knows best.

May we trust in the Lord through all of our days.

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A Senior's Last Week Of High School

The bittersweet end.

Well, this is it. This is what we've worked so hard the last four years - who am I kidding - basically what seems like our whole lives for. This is the very last week we will set foot as a student in our high school's hallways. As most schools are getting ready to set their seniors free at last, it all begins to set in - the excitement, the anxiousness, and also the sentiment and nostalgia.

For seniors, the years since our first day as a freshman at the bottom of the high school totem pole have seemed endless, but as we look back on these last few weeks, we realize that this year in particular has gone by extraordinarily fast. It was just yesterday that we were sitting in our classrooms for the very first time, going to our 'last first' practice, and getting our first taste of the (very real) "senioritis". With all that's going on in our lives right now, from sports and clubs, finals, and the sought after graduation ceremony, it's hard to really sit down and think about how our lives are all about to become drastically different. For some it's moving out, and for some it's just the thought of not seeing your best friend on the way to fourth period English; either way, the feels are real. We are all in a tug of war with the emotions going on inside of us; everything is changing - we're ready, but we're not.

THE GOOD. Our lives are about to begin! There is a constant whirlwind of excitement. Senior awards, getting out of school early, parties, and of course Graduation. We are about to be thrust into a world of all new things and new people. Calling our own shots and having the freedom we have so desperately desired since the teenage years began is right around the corner. Maybe the best part is being able to use these new things surrounding you to grow and open your mind and even your heart to ideas you never could before. We get the chance to sink or swim, become our own person, and really begin to find ourselves.

Things we don't even know yet are in the works with new people we haven't even met yet. These friendships we find will be the ones to last us a lifetime. The adventures we experience will transform into the advice we tell our own children and will become the old tales we pass down to our grandkids when they come to visit on the weekends. We will probably hate the all night study sessions, the intensity of finals week, and the overpowering stress and panic of school in general, just like we did in high school... But it will all be worth it for the memories we make that will outlive the stress of that paper due in that class you absolutely hate. As we leave high school, remember what all the parents, teachers, coaches, and mentors are telling you - this are the best times of our lives!

THE BAD. The sentimental emotions are setting in. We're crying, siblings are tearing up, and parents are full-out bawling. On that first day, we never expected the school year to speed by the way it did. Suddenly everything is coming to an end. Our favorite teachers aren't going to be down the hall anymore, our best friends probably won't share a class with us, we won't be coming home to eat dinner with our families...

We all said we wanted to get out of this place, we couldn't wait, we were ready to be on our own; we all said we wouldn't be "so emotional" when the time came, but yet here we are, wishing we could play one more football game with our team or taking the time to make sure we remember the class we liked the most or the person that has made us laugh even when we were so stressed we could cry these past few years. Take the time to hug your parents these last few months. Memorize the facial expressions of your little sister or brother. Remember the sound of your dad coming home from work. These little things we take for granted every day will soon just be the things we tell our college roommate when they ask about where we're from. As much as we've wanted to get out of our house and our school, we never thought it would break our heart as much as it did. We are all beginning to realize that everything we have is about to be gone.

Growing up is scary, but it can also be fun. As we take the last few steps in the hallways of our school, take it all in. Remember, it's okay to be happy; it's okay to be totally excited. But also remember it's okay to be sad. It's okay to be sentimental. It's okay to be scared, too. It's okay to feel all these confusing emotions that we are feeling. The best thing about the bittersweet end to our high school years is that we are finally slowing down our busy lives enough to remember the happy memories.

Try not to get annoyed when your mom starts showing your baby pictures to everyone she sees, or when your dad starts getting aggravated when you talk about moving out and into your new dorm. They're coping with the same emotions we are. Walk through the halls remembering the classes you loved and the classes you hated. Think of the all great times that have happened in our high school years and the friends that have been made that will never be forgotten. We all say we hated school, but we really didn't. Everything is about to change; that's a happy thing, and a sad thing. We all just have to embrace it! We're ready, but we're not...

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