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Change of Plans

There are countless stories about 9/11. Many are stories of why someone wasn’t where they would have normally been when the attacks took place. Some slept through their alarm clocks. Others missed their planes. Still others had seemingly trivial circumstances come up and thwart their daily schedules. Though delays and detours can certainly frustrate, these individuals, looking back now, are all grateful for the “hiccups” in their usual plans. In this case, being late (or being somewhere else) had undoubtedly saved their lives.

How many times has God saved us from certain disaster without us knowing it? We will never know. We make plans and push them into motion, many times not even asking God what He’d have us do. Many times, He intercedes and adjusts the outcomes for our benefit. We may see it from the outside looking in, becoming frustrated and self-focused, weary that our plans didn’t come to fruition as we’d hoped.

What God sees is the entire picture, whether it’s a small sidestep gained or a gigantic pitfall avoided. Why would we not trust the weaver of life’s tapestry, since He knows the design and the exact place where every thread should fall?

Proverbs 16:9 says, “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” Try as we might to steer our ship where we’d like it to go, God is the Creator of the sea and the Master of the waves, and our plans cannot top His.

Jeremiah 10:23 repeats: “Lord, I know that people’s lives are not their own; it is not for them to direct their steps.” There’s no one else I’d rather have as my Compass, my Guide and my Map but Him. Who is in charge of your plans?

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