by Tania Woods
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As we closely approach the new year, if you are like myself, you tend to reflect on the current year - where it started and where it ended. This allows us to truly see the blessings that God has placed upon ourselves and our family. If you are also like me you might be a chronic life planner.
I always like to plan and achieve large milestones, usually by my birthday. It helps me to feel like I’m really winning on this whole “adulting” thing that I have been forcefully pushed into by age. According to my milestone plans, I should have purchased a house, been in a relationship that is becoming serious, have a career that I am satisfied with and soaring in, and finally reached my goal weight. Instead I live at home with my parents, in a season of joblessness, have gone on two dates that went no where, and cannot fit into the pants that I wore this time last year. So what should that tell me about my plans?
“We humans keep brainstorming options and plans, but God’s purpose prevails.” (Proverbs 19:21 MSG)
Perhaps instead of focusing on myself once the new year comes, in the year 2016 my focus will be more on Him. When we focus on Him we are already set to be restored and renewed. Bountiful blessings will pour onto us because we are His children. What father does not want to make or see His child happy and be in the best place they can be? So while my plans may have been laughed upon by the Lord, I know that He knows that these desires are still on my heart, for He would not have put them there if I was not planning to fulfill them. It is just not the season for them yet.
So while some of us may jump on the “new year, new me” bandwagon, we have to remember that our God is the same. A God who loves us and cherishes us. One who created us in His image, made us unique in His likeness. He has placed desires on our heart that He is preparing for us, so that when we do get them we will know what to do with the blessing. So instead of planning our steps, let’s plan on being prepared and becoming equipped by our God.
“Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.” (James 1:2-4 MSG)