“Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.” Proverbs 19:21
When Joseph and Mary got engaged, I’m pretty sure they didn’t imagine themselves giving birth to a son in a Bethlehem manger “before they had come together.”
I seriously doubt Joseph imagined himself being engaged and married to a woman carrying a baby that wasn’t put there by him.
It is highly unlikely Mary envisioned the birth of her first child being surrounded, not by her parents, but by shepherds she couldn’t name.
Mary never dreamed of having to send her wedding dress back for a much larger size.
Such is the way of the Lord, however, isn’t it? We have plans. We have dreams. We have thoughts about how the future should look. Many are the plans in our minds, says the author of Proverbs, but the Lord’s purpose always wins out.
Today is the Pearson’s final day in El Dorado as Pastor and family of its First Baptist Church. Never did any of us dream we would be moving to Franklin, TN – much less moving there only 30 months after arriving.
Last night I signed a contract selling our home. Yesterday was our 15th wedding anniversary. Never – ever – did I think on December 18th, 1999 I would be selling a home in El Dorado, Arkansas as I packed my car to head to an apartment in Tennessee.
God’s purposes always – always – always prevail. We have and make plans (and we should, by the way). We should always carefully and wisely prepare for the future. But let’s allow the Christmas story to remind us that, as we prepare and think and plan for the future, we must always do it as we offer it to the Lord “to do what seems best to Him.”
His ways are not our ways. No. He is always working to cause and allow us to seek and find Him in our plans.
Make your plans. But make them in pencil. Your sovereign Lord has the right to interrupt them at any time. And, by the way, He loves you more than you could ever imagine.