“If it’s meant to be it’ll all work out in the end.”
We have all heard some variation of this sentiment, but it’s usually with the anticipation of something actually working out. I learned some time ago that sometimes we need to pray not that God will confirm a plan or open a door, but rather that He will take away the options that are outside of His plan. As willing as I was to pray this prayer I don’t think I really thought that He would take away an option, especially one that seemed to be falling into place so perfectly.
You see, I was going to go to Bolivia on a 1-2 year mission trip. I knew people who had been to Bolivia, I thought the culture would be a good fit for me, and it even happened that one of the girls in my college group was going to Cochabamba, Bolivia, the city that I was “supposed to” be moving to. Things don’t always work out like we plan. It turns out that the site directors for the Engage Bolivia site are not taking students next year.
I prayed that God would take away this option if it wasn’t what He intended for me and that is exactly what He did. This isn’t the first time He has changed my plans into His plans.
I was “supposed to” go to Greece during the Spring of 2013 instead of the Fall of 2013 and I was really disappointed when it didn’t work out that way. However, during the semester that I was there, the Fall of 2013, it became abundantly clear that God had a better plan for me and that it needed to be in His timing.
I was also “supposed to” go to Culinary Arts school after I got back from Greece, but halfway through my first quarter I was miserable and it became clear that it was not God’s best for me. Instead I felt led to go to Bible college, and so far I am much happier and truly believe that this is where God want’s me, at least for now.
A couple of months ago I was “supposed to” go to Bolivia, but that door has closed and I am believing that once again God has a better plan in store for me. Now I working on a new possibility, so we’ll see if that turns out to be where He wants me. For now I am content in knowing that every time God has changed my plans it has been for the best.
Proverbs 16 (NLT)
1 We can make our own plans,
but the Lord gives the right answer.
3 Commit your actions to the Lord,
and your plans will succeed.
9 We can make our plans,
but the Lord determines our steps.