God Has Plans for You

Isaiah 55: 8-9– “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”

Isaiah 48:17– Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you in the way you should go.”

Jeremiah 29:11– “For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.”

Sometimes our lives might seem to be a jumbled mess— full of confusing circumstances and uncertain decision-making. Although there can be joy and beauty in our daily lives, the overall plan might seem unclear; in fact, we may question if we indeed have a real and meaningful purpose. Nevertheless, the Bible clearly demonstrates our Heavenly Father’s involvement in the lives of His children, and in the ordering of our steps on the path He sets before us (Proverbs 37:23-24; Proverbs 20:24 Job 14:16).

This truth was visibly demonstrated to me recently in the Quilt Garden at the NC Arboretum: As I observed the “quilt” of flowers, I was impressed with their beauty and color; yet they were mixed in a way that made any pattern impossible to discern:

I decided that I needed a higher perspective, so I climbed the steps above the garden and was immediately impressed with the precise pattern in which the flowers had been carefully planted:

So it is in our lives—since we are limited by our earthly viewpoint, our path may not make much sense until we are able to gain God’s higher perspective. As we continue to seek the Lord for His will and wisdom, we will increasingly discover that He has carefully planted and established our steps. After all, God knows the pattern and plan for our lives from the beginning to the end; and we have the reassuring promise that His Holy Spirit will guide us with the truths we need to fulfill our purpose (John 14:26; John 16: 13-14).