Have you heard about Plan B? Often, this is the first thing one hears when something doesn’t work out; let’s go to ‘Plan B’. God doesn’t have a Plan B. He had a PLAN! Actually, He has a PLAN! Jeremiah 29:11 says so! I like the way the Amplified Bible reads, “For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.” And The Message reads, “I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.” Knowing that God has a plan for me makes life simpler, easier and with so much less stress. Don’t look back at what ‘might have been’ or ‘what could have been’. As a sweet friend once told me, “Don’t should on yourself.” Shoulda-coulda-woulda gets me nowhere! God has a good and perfect Plan for each one of us. So, what about all those times I ran from or ignored God and did my own thing, you ask? Do NOT go back. Go TO God. He will set you straight and your journey can continue with Him. Think about it this way. While driving a car, you occasionally look at the rear view mirror(s), but your main attraction is in front of you. If you drive down I-70 at 70 MPH, always staring into the tiny rear view mirror, what do you think might happen? There’s a reason the rear view mirror is small and the forward/front-looking-through-windshield is large. Keep your eyes on the road ahead and on the prize. In Philippians 3, we read in verses 13b and 14 not to look back, but to look forward. “..but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” It couldn’t be clearer than this. If we dwell in the past, we will be downtrodden – we’ll be stuck in the muck and mire, but don’t let this beat you up or down. Repent! Turn yourself around, talk to God candidly and go forward. Let Him lead you to the goal and the prize(s) He has for you. A fun little car has a SINGLE gear for Reverse and perhaps 3 or 4 or 5 for going forward. Just like a car, we start out slowly, heading for the prize, changing gears as need be. As we get closer, we gain speed, climbing up that hill or around that curve. Choose God and go forward. You may “grind a few gears” but you’re still moving forward.
All scriptures are taken from the King James Version, except where otherwise noted.
© 2014 Cat Brennan