We can make our own plans, but the Lord gives the right answer.
Proverbs 16:1 NLT
I saw this scripture and smiled. Someone I used to know quite well always recites Woody Allen’s quote, “If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans”. This quote is as true today as it was yesterday. We can plan until we’re blue in the face— if God does not see fit to answer you at that moment, then you will wait. Waiting, could mean, later receiving a better blessing than you ever imagined.
So don’t get upset or frustrated if something doesn’t happen as planned. Smile because you know God has something better in store. Be hopeful for what can come. I struggle with this, hence why every time that I see this scripture it makes me smile; it’s a constant reminder that God’s plans usurp ours every time. All we can do is proactively wait. I say proactively, because God doesn’t want us to be idle. Idle minds are the devil’s playground, as the saying goes. God wants us to be obedient in our walk, continue to do our work with as much passion as we would if our goals were attained, and each day share our testimony of God’s love in our lives. We may be struggling, but can’t we still share of the countless ways He has blessed us?
What greater way to show receptivity than through gratitude and praise. It’s also a great way to silence the enemy that tries to pounce on your hopes and dreams. Tell the enemy where to go while you keep your eyes fixed on your forward-moving path.
Father, thank You for showing me that I can plan all that I want, but only You will make things happen, and only on Your time. Thank You Father for this experience because I am learning patience. I am being humbled in my understanding that I am Your servant, not the other way around. No book or person can give me the full answer to my problems, only through my connection and relationship with You is that possible; only in my walk with You Lord will You reveal the right answer. Only when I am silent and receptive will I see and hear what You have planned for me. Only then will Your Word in the Bible make sense, connect and speak to me, and tap the recesses of my mind that frees me to heal and be closer to You Father.
Father free me from calendars. Free me from clocks. Free me from placing time restrictions on reaching greatness. Free me from thinking that I can only do something by a certain date. There is no time in Your Mind Father. All time is relative to Your timetable. What would appear to take five years to achieve can be done in five months or even five days, and what one would rush to complete in six years, could take sixteen. It is about us being present with You. Waiting for You. Thank You Father. Keep showing me. Keep molding me Father. In Your name I humbly pray. Amen.
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Note: The prayer and first paragraph of today’s reflection was originally published on November 14, 2010 and has been modified to align with current Breaking Bread formatting and other time-relevant factors. The other content shared in the reflection was written today.