“For I know the plans I have for you,” declared the Lord. “Plans to prosper and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
It’s been a while. I could sit here and tell you I needed some time to myself, but if you know me by now, I am someone who often “needs some time to herself.” In fact, I call it BriTime. Being a true introvert (with some extroverted ways), despite what many may think — and by definition, I am one “who gains energy from being alone and loses energy in stimulating environments.” In other words, when a lot is going on in life, I find comfort in disconnecting — this time through my writing.
See, life was going along as it should (so I thought), and then there was a change of plans. Can you relate?
Was it bad? No. Good? Perhaps.
I used to be someone who hated change. In fact, I dreaded the thought of it. Why? Well to be frank, it scared me. Change meant something would be different. Something would happen that I many times had no control over.
What do you do when there is a change of plans? How do you react? Do you get worried and anxious? Or do you simply trust the situation?
If you are like me, you like to have a plan. I can be up for a little spontaneity at times, but for the most part, I like to make my lists and knock each task out one by one. I find comfort in knowing what I need to do to get to where I am going and what I am going to be doing when I get there. This goes for the simplest things in life such as a trip to the grocery store to making life-changing decisions like when I purchased my first home.
God tells us we should make plans – but as we all know, things do not always go as planned. I can tell you right now, if things went as planned, I was supposed to be married with 3 children by now. Did that happen? Not even close.
Do I still want those plans that I made so young? Yes and no. Yes, I want to be married. Am I ready? I believe I will know when I am. Do I wish I had 3 kids in this moment? Forgive me, but heck to the no! I can barely take care of myself right now – and that is just being real.
See, there was a change in plans. God knows what’s best for me, so that’s where me trusting in him is vital.
I have a million journals with a million to do lists – with a million “plans” – many of which have changed over time. In fact, over the last few months, the way my life looks has drastically changed in many ways. How did I react? To be honest, and to my surprise (not really) — it was a much needed breath of fresh air. In many ways, it showed me what and who was most important to me. I needed this change of plans.
Are you like me? Once a person who was afraid of change of any kind? Worried if things didn’t happen “my way?” Trying to do any and everything myself— including trying to make things work that just were not supposed to work? Trying to be someone you were just not meant to be?
A change in plans is in actuality what many of us need. Sometimes we get so caught up in wanting to “control” every situation, instead of being open to love, new opportunities, and really the “unknown.” It shows us a different way of living; That there is more to life than what we can often get caught up in with our daily routines; That God has MORE for us than what we have in mind.
See the plans that have come to pass in my life, well they have been exceedingly and abundantly more than I could have imagined (just as promised). And well, the others – there was just simply a change of plans.
I encourage you to embrace yours, too.