Tuesday, May 3, 2011

So Glad God Has Other Plans

How many of you when you were a little kid or where in your teen years just KNEW what you wanted to be when you got older, where you wanted to live, or that the person you liked was the one you wanted to marry when you were old enough? Don't deny it, we've all been there.  We were so determined to have things our way that we didn't care what hoops we had to jump through or what strings we had to pull - we were going to have our way with how our future turned out.  We would daydream about our future jobs and how much money we were going to make, what our "perfect" homes were going to look like, and how much of a "saint" that person we were determined to marry would turn out to be.  Now I'm not saying that all of these necessarily apply to me, but are here for mere example's sake.  Our "dream world mentality" that we had was so selfish and we never once thought of what it was that God wanted for our lives. We would pray fervently every day about how we wanted Him to give us what we wanted - well at least that's what we called it anyway.  That form of "prayer" isn't really prayer at all.  It's just our way of spiritualizing the fact that we were demanding God to give us what we wanted daily.
It was like those little kids that go with their parents to the grocery store and always begged for the same toy that they wanted and kicked and screamed and threw a fit when they didn't get it.  And you know what happened next time they went back to the store?  They would partake in the same childish, selfish, demanding actions in hopes of getting what they wanted, how they wanted it, and when they wanted it.  Now the parent, on the other hand, knows that the toy their child is demanding and begging for may not be necessarily the best thing for the child to have.  I don't think many parents or adults would be willing to give in to a three-year-old having "pop-its" or that "sling shot" that they are begging for every week especially when they know they shouldn't have it because they have been told "NO" every week.
It's the same way with everybody though.  We "pray" (if that's what you want to call it) to God demanding Him for the things we want day after day that we know probably aren't right for us.  We think that just because we want it so bad that we can "justify" to God why it is right and why we could make it work out if He would just give it to us.  But God, just like the parent to the demanding, yelling, three-year-old, knows that we do not need what we are "asking" or demanding Him for.  We would all be so much better off if we would just stop being so selfish and childish and ask God to give us what He would want us to have because what He has planned for us is so much better than anything we could have ever wanted or hoped for or even dreamed of.  There is so sense (if money or cost of the meal is no issue and you actually like steak) to go to Outback and order a kid's meal of a hamburger and french fries and a little coloring sheet with crayons if the cook was going to give you a free meal including the finest steak in the house with all the best fixings you could imagine to go with it.  I'm so glad that through my teen years at some point in time that I learned this truth.  Nothing I could have possibly asked for would have been better for me than the path that God is leading me and my husband on right now - and I actually wouldn't have my husband if both of us hadn't been willing to let God provide us to each other instead of chasing after someone we knew wasn't the right one for us.  Be willing to let God lead your life and take what He wants you to have.  Don't make God your co-pilot - make Him the pilot of your life and trust Him with everything you have and you will be so much more happier for it in the end.  I can personally guarantee it :)

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