For the last month, God has been thrilling me and surprising me in ways only He can. He is showing me how much better His plans are than mine. It takes obedience on my part, but when He opens those floodgates and starts fulfilling promises in ways I never saw coming, it leaves me breathless with wonder.
There I have been, making my plans. I know not to get ahead of myself, but that’s what I do. I think I make something happen and it falls flat. I try not to get disappointed and tell myself it wasn’t the right time. At some point I pick myself up and try something new.
Well, in the last few weeks, God has taken my feeble attempts and run with them. Both have been blog related, but this can apply in any area. Sometimes God lets our efforts fall short so He can work and get all the glory. He loves to step in and show His power.
Earlier this year I wrote about this, but I felt God made me the promise of Genesis 21:6: Sarah said, “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.” Back when I began my time of waiting, I heard God tell me this. He was going to bring me to something where all I could do was laugh, and those who love me would rejoice with me.
Imagine my surprise when this happened twice within a few weeks! There have been events that were not of my own power, that had God written all over them, that have left me laughing. Literally, my mouth hung open, I had a silly grin on my face, and I couldn’t wait to tell my family. The words giddy with wonder seem appropriate. The first one was something I had tried and failed (and dreamed about) a day earlier. God did it in His own way and surpassed my hopes. Then there was last week when I didn’t know what to expect, but God found the exact right person to connect me with. We didn’t know each other from Adam, but of course He did. I know He is up there delighted to bring these surprises to me.
Most likely I will never stop making plans, but at least I am learning that when God allows a door to be slammed in my face, He just might be about to throw open a window (that I didn’t know was there), and yell, “SURPRISE!” I am finally realizing that I much prefer His grand plans to my own flimsy ones. I crave more of those days of laughter.
If you are waiting on God, take heart. He is working on something better than your wildest dreams. Keep going in obedience, and God will make it worth it. I am a testament to the fact that if you let God work, He will make your face light up.
Proverbs 16:9 We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.
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