Accepting God’s plan for your life means accepting God’s timing, yes, I know, this can be one tough pill to swallow. I have learned that life doesn’t always pan out the way we plan, dream or imagine. For example, I had planned to be married by the time I was 30; have child #1 by the time I was 33 and child #2 by the time I was 35; however, God had other plans for me, disappointed, yes and no. See, I’ve come to learn as I live according to my Father’s plan that “His ways are not my ways and His thoughts are not my thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8) and His timing is certainly not my timing. Oftentimes we desire things that we’re simply not ready for, while we may think we’re ready God knows best!
See there are stages in life called test and trials that we must endure to help build character, strength, growth, maturity, and two of my all-time favorites, the ones I’ve struggled with the most, faith and patience. (James 1) Patience has been the greatest challenge for me, it has never been a trait I’ve desired. I’ve never liked waiting for anything. I’ve always wanted what I wanted when I wanted it.
I sometimes blame this on the “only child syndrome” as I’ve said in another article (LOL). However, due to my lack of patience it wreaked havoc on my faith and my ability to wait for God’s timing. Because of my weakness in the area of patience I’ve on numerous occasions made decisions and choices that were outside the will of God and as a result I’ve had to suffer the consequences of my choices. My mom has always said “you can make your own choices, but God determines the consequences of those choices.” Did you feel that cold breeze just now, brrrrh? Not that I didn’t understand it before but let’s just say it’s clearer now more than ever that waiting on God and His timing is everything.
Allow me to share a little bit of my testimony. Prior to my mom and I relocating to Nashville (which was literally all the Lord’s doing) we were living in the test of times. We were in a place of homelessness. We had been evicted out of several residents, experience repossession, and there were many times we had no money, no job, no food, and times we had to sleep in whatever car we had. While test and trials were partly responsible for what was happening: bad decision-making also played a factor. Were these times easy, absolutely not, but what I can say is this, like Paul, “I’ve learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little.” (Philippians 4:12 NLT)
I’ll never forget the day God used my lips to say what needed to be said, “God, if it is for us to leave Memphis, then open the door,” and my God, that is exactly what He did. See we lived in Memphis most of our lives, I never even thought about leaving Memphis, ever. Our entire family is in Memphis so where would we go?
Yet I’m reminded that “His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts.” God gave mom & I a fresh start when He relocated us to Nashville, a city that wasn’t even on my radar. Seriously, forgot it existed, but God needed us here and we needed to be here. Why, because it was a part of God’s plan for our lives, and I can definitely say that He has truly blessed us exceedingly and abundantly.
Now, don’t get it twisted we still experience test and trails because for each level in life you will need more strength, more patience, more endurance, and more faith. This only comes through seasons and times of testing, but as long as you learn to hold to God’s unchanging hands you will always come through stronger and better than ever, I know I did!
So, while learning to accept God’s plan for your life is not always easy it’s worth it, after all Father knows best! ~OneLove (Tanika)
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