What would your reaction be if you had plans that you wanted to do, but then a couple of weeks before you get things set in motion, God says No! This is exactly what happened to a plan that a friend and I were about to follow through on. My reasons for moving out to Ohio were for a change of scenery and a slower pace of life, to get a fresh start, to marry my best friend, and finally because I knew that this was where God wanted me to be. I knew back in 2007 that I was suppose to move out here, but I was not in a position to do it.
A couple of weeks before I moved out here I felt God close the door on my plan to marry my best friend. There is a difference between loving someone, and being “in love” with someone. I will always love her, but I was not in love with her. We have maintained a close friendship over the years, and are closer now than we have ever been. I will always stand by her side, and I know she will do the same for me. Our friendship has evolved into the familial type bonds of a brother and sister. So, it would have been weird to go through with the marriage.
I am going to be honest, but I was taken aback by it mainly because we had invested over 10 years of love, dating, and friendship into it. In the end though, God knows what He is doing.
Jer. 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
This verse is used a lot, but it fits this situation. Whenever God changes our plans, even though we do not know the outcome, He know what he is doing.
Now, you may be scratching your heads, and asking “What does all this mean?”
1. It means you have to align your life to what God’s Will is for it
P.U.S.H– You have to Pray Until Something Happens. You have to be consistent, insistent, and persistent in your prayer life.
2. Lean on Him even when you do not know what else to do
You have to have faith, and know that God answers the prayers of His children “IN HIS TIME” Just because your prayer is not answered immediately does not mean that it was not heard, nor does it mean that God does not care.
3. Put forth some effort by not sitting around twiddling your thumbs
God sees your heart, and He knows what your motives are before you even do it. He will honor your effort and hard work even if you do not see the rewards immediately. I am preaching to the choir with my next statement. DO stuff for others without expecting any thing in return. Bless people by the same measure that you have been blessed.