Sunday, June 28, 2009

Lining Up


This back fence once lined up perfectly with the side fence. Until the storms came. And then, it started moving down a new course. One that wasn't planned and looks a bit awkward.

Looking at this fence, I'm reminded of the plans I had for my life. Plans that I thought lined up perfectly with God's will. My plans didn't include any storms or any derailments. Just a straight line, a "normal" progression.

But in God's grace, He has chosen His own path for me. A path that has always been His plan A for my life, even when I've considered it to be plan B. A plan that is building character and teaching lessons that I never knew I needed to learn. A plan that keeps me dependent on Him because I don't know what else to do. A plan that has brought unexpected joy in unexpected ways.

Sometimes the part of me that wants everything to line up "just so" has to let go and just hang out. Right where I am. Even if it looks a little awkward, like the fence. Because maybe that's what He wants others to see. And that it doesn't matter how it looks to me because He's got a plan, and I can rest in that.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's tough to ground yourself in that kind of faith, when the world presses you to do something else, and respond in a different way.

I guess Job probably wondered a bit as well....

Momma Bean said...

"A plan that keeps me dependent on Him because I don't know what else to do." Love this! This is often how God gets me to turn over control to him.

Krista said...

It's beautiful to read something you have processed and wound up in the arms of Him!

Alyssa said...

A - It's interesting to see the steps that the world comes up with despite the fact that God isn't bound by the world's instruction manual. Job withstood the pressures well, but I'm not always so Job-like.

MB - You do a great job of depending on Him to raise up those three girly Beans!

K - Thanks, Sweet Friend!

Jean said...

Alyssa,

Is there any such thing as a "normal" life?

God doesn't do things in a "normal" way, does He?

Jean
http://www.jeanmatthewhall.blogspot.com