If life has taught me anything, it is that no matter how much you plan or don’t plan, it will always have its own little surprises along the way that will all of a sudden take you on a whole new path. You can never say 100% at the beginning of a new year where you are going to be when it ends. All you can do is put your best foot forward every single day and hope for the best. Above all be prepared. Be prepared for anything that life will throw at you. Be prepared for set-back, disappointment, death even. But remember it won’t all be bad.
Prepare for new friendships, unexpected opportunities, success, maybe even love.
All of these little packages that life sends your way, good or bad are what makes it worth living. Imagine if life went exactly the way you planned it? How boring would that be? How dissatisfying? Well maybe if you are a control freak who must always have things your way, that would be great, but to a point.
We all enjoy the satisfaction of overcoming an unexpected challenge; a little twist in the plot. Obviously when you are going through the speed bump you don’t appreciate its value. It’s unexpected and uncomfortable. But learn to seek out the lesson after the test because that is where it really is.
I have learnt that some little packages that life hands you are for a season. You cannot be at a rest stop forever. At some point you have to exchange the rest and refreshment for a return to the grind. The journey must continue. There is a destination to be reached. So you will encounter things, opportunities, people that you want to hold onto forever but that is not to be. Once they have served their purpose let them go. Holding on only means you slow yourself down. Trust the ultimate author of this journey when He tells you to let go. You never know, maybe there are new opportunities, experiences and friendships at the next rest stop. Maybe those old ones will catch up with you along the way.
Isaiah 55 verse 8 reads:
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways saith the Lord.”
This has taught me to simplify my life. I will make plans, I will do my very best and put my all into anything I do but at the end of the day God’s thoughts and ways reign supreme. If they are in alignment with the path I have been walking, great! If not, it is up to me to realign myself with His perfect will because He will most certainly not bow to my thoughts. But the beauty that I have discovered is that his ways and His thoughts will ultimately lead me to a happy ending. The road may be long and winded but the milk and honey are guaranteed.
I have to be honest, it has not been easy submitting to His plan. I have had to let go of my stubbornness. It’s still work in progress. I’ve had to allow my heart to break and trust that He would heal it. I’ve had to concede that He knows best, after all, this life that I live belongs to Him.
So carrying on as the year goes by, my hope is for more laughter and less tears. More love and less heartbreak. More success and less failure. More good things and less bad ones. But if the tears should come, if the heartbreak should come, if the failure should come, I know that His ways will take me through.