When I began this blog about this time last year, several friends and I were making our annual trip to Fayetteville, NC for WIDU’s anniversary. This annual event brings some great names in traditional and contemporary gospel music and in word ministry for a week of phenomenal spiritual rejuvenation. We enjoy it so much that we begin planning for it months in advance.
This year was no different except we decided to go earlier to attend more venues. Although I was unable to get out my road on Tuesday when we were to leave due to flooding from Hurricane Juaquin, I was yet determined to join my travel friends as soon as possible.
The water receded on Wednesday. As I prepared to pack and get on the road, it seemed things were just not working. Then I became conflicted about going. By Wednesday night, I knew I wasn’t going to make the trip this year. Disappointed…I resigned myself to “not this year.”
Before going on air with my weekly broadcast on Thursday, the station manager said she thought I’d be in Fayetteville. I said I thought so too but felt God had a reason for redirecting my plans. That’s how I began the broadcast. We don’t always know why God changes our plans, but we can trust He knows…and if we trust and accept it, we will understand why later.
What has been the result of the change of plans? First a major emergency that may have been dire was averted because the door was opened for me to get instructions and to be prepared if the emergency arose. If I had been out of town, I would not have known of the serious potential nor been ready to respond to it in a way needed. Second a relationship that had been fractured for more than five years was repaired. Again that would have not been possible had I been away on my annual trip. Third an ear needed to hear would have been dulled or unavailable had I not been willing to accept a change in plans. Good came because obedience won over desire. If I had gone with “my” plans, even having deep reservations, the consequences would not have yielded increase in this unshakeable faith that God is indeed directing the issues of my life!
We do not always know why plans we have so meticulously laid out are altered, but I do know when we place our plans in God’s hands we can be assured He works them out for good. Be not afraid to trust God in redirecting what you have directed. He alone knows how to make them turn out to be what we really needed them to be.
Biblical Affirmation: Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6