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Jul 092013
 

Trusting God Even When Your Plans Get Shattered

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I’m sure you know the feeling; you’ve had something planned out exactly how you want it to go then it happens…everything comes crashing down and your plans are shattered. You feel lost, confused and maybe even angry that God would allow this. But maybe you are missing something. What if your plans were never God’s plans? Would that change your perspective?

It can be easy to put more faith in your plans rather than allowing God to mold them into his plans. You may often think that you know what is best for your life. So when things don’t go as planned, your whole world is shaken.

My Shattered Plans

This moment most vividly happened for me when my husband called to tell me that he was losing his job, effective immediately. The company just wasn’t getting enough work in and therefore had to make some cuts, his job being one of them. I was shocked, scared and angry all at once. How could they do this to us? Could there at least have been some sort of warning? Why would God give us such a blessing in this job and then rip it all away like this?

We’d already been on such a crazy emotional and financial roller coaster that I didn’t want to believe that we were on it again. He had been laid off once before and unemployed for almost two years. Then he got a job that didn’t pay very well but it was better than unemployment so we made it work. He also dealt with a lot of negativity in this job which caused him to be exhausted and irritable most of the time which strained our relationship a bit. He stayed there for nine months until he got this job.

We were so thankful when this opportunity came along. He was making more money, the job was decent and we had insurance benefits for the first time. We had plans to get our debt paid off, sell our condo and move into a house so we could start a family. So when he was laid off just ten months later, I couldn’t help but feel as though our world was turning upside down again.

Trusting God in the Midst of Trials

Though I was upset about my husband losing his job, I quickly realized that I had been trusting more in the security of my husbands paycheck and insurance benefits than in how the Lord provides for our needs. God used this experience to open my eyes to the fact that I needed to put my faith in him first.

I know God gave my husband that job for a reason, but I also know he took it away for a reason too. I am glad to say that I am finally starting to learn that God’s plan is better than my plan. There are a lot of verses that helped give me perspective. I particularly like this passage from Jeremiah:

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:11-13 NIV

Those verses are a reminder to me that I can trust that Gods plans are best for me but also that he wants me to seek him with my whole heart. If I fail to seek him than I will fail to see his plan and inevitably start trusting in my own plan instead.

Trusting God With My Plans

I had so many plans for what I thought my life should be. I wanted a good job for my husband, the security of insurance to know I could go see a Doctor if I needed to, the hope of a new house and the start of a family. What I had to realize was that even though those things are not wrong to have, it is wrong to put more trust in those than in the Lord. I still hope for all of those things, but I also hope that I can allow God to bring it within the timing he sees as best.

My husband has been able to land various contract jobs to help keep our bills paid and I am so very thankful for that. I can’t say it has been stress free, but I continue to do the best I can to trust that God knows the plan even if I don’t. It can be a daily struggle, but I am trying to be thankful for for what I have and be open to what The Lord is trying to teach me.

Remember this; God has great plans for you, trust him and you won’t be disappointed! <—-Tweet It!

Jeremiah 29:11 - Gods Plans

Will you let God use your plans?

Strangely Dim was a song that spoke to my heart when I was trying to grasp the reality of my shattered plans. To listen to the song and read a poem I wrote based on it check out the post titled: Strangely Dim.

Your Turn…

  • Have you ever felt like your plans were shattered?
  • How did you deal with this?

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About the Author

Ashley has been happily married to her husband since July 2010. She is a thrifty girl at heart with a bit of a crafty side. She is also a once disaster in the kitchen turned aspiring home chef. She loves coffee and herbal tea and is a self proclaimed library nerd. But her real passions are encouraging others in their Christian faith and to show people that it is possible to live well even if you are on a tight budget.

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  25 Responses to “Trusting God Even When Your Plans Get Shattered”

  1. Ashley thanks for the reminder! My day has not gone as I’d planned and been feeling a bit irritable about it all. This really helps put my feelings of irritation in perspective though, as I think of all the the shattered plans I’ve dealt with in the past and God has seen me through! Love your layout and design as well!!

    • Thank you Crystal! I know I need this daily reminder as well. Just yesterday I was getting stressed out for no apparent reason and needed a reminder to give it to God. I am so glad that you stopped by and found encouragement! :)

  2. Hey there! Found you via http://www.moretobe.com. I applaud you for your faith in God during a time that is incredibly scary! Thanks for encouraging others during your own struggles. I will certainly pray for you and that God’s will would be done in every area of your life.

  3. Ashley, I am so glad you linked up with this post with Transformed Tuesdays at More to Be. Your insights into God’s faithfulness and the journey of growing in trusting Him more and more is something we all need to read…again and again! May God’s favor be upon you and your husband, as you seek Him first!

  4. Ashley, I loved this so incredibly much! My husband and I had something similar happen, and it was scary and terrifying, but it deepened my walk with Christ like never before. When adversity happens (and it will), we have two choices: to trust in God’s plan or wallow in our fear and insecurities.

    Thank you so much for this post. It was a much needed reminder of how God took care of us during our unemployment scare!

    I’m so glad I found your blog via Fellowship Friday!

    God bless!

    • Kelsey, Thank you so much for your comment! It is encouraging to know about others who have been through similar situations. I love what you said about our two choices. That is so true! I know I found my self fearful at times, but am glad that God showed that me he knows the plan even when I don’t. Thanks again for stopping by!

  5. Oh my goodness. The Lord is speaking through you directly to me right now. Thank you so much for this I really needed it
    God bless!

  6. Great post. I have definitely felt like this over and over again in our 3 years of marriage. Not much has really gone according to MY plan. I’m really trying to learn to be content in any and every situation. Thanks for the reminder to trust God rather than ourselves.

    • Megan, It is definitely not easy to let go of what we want out of our lives and give God control. It is a daily struggle that I don’t always succeed at, but I do know that God has not failed me yet and I know he never will. My husband and I have been married almost three years now as well and though we’ve been through a lot in three short years we know it has made us stronger. Be blessed! :)

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  13. Thank you so much for this. I lost my job last year, had two friends pass away and moved back home. It’s so hard not to feel like a failure and a lost soul–especially when I had so many plans to really make it in the world on my own. At times I feel like God is punishing me for my mistakes, but I need to lean on Him more. I often wonder why me? Why is it taking so long for me? I’m tired of people talking behind my back, and I’m always comparing myself to others. It’s comforting to hear someone else’s story with unemployment and trusting God. I don’t feel so alone or lost. Thank you.

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