Life Doesn’t Always Stick to the Plan

Dreaming of your future life as a child, I am guessing, didn’t include hardship, trauma, anguish or pain. Am I right??!! And yet life has this annoying habit of not sticking to the plan. Well. Mine certainly didn’t! Maybe yours is different?

Like most women I did dream of having it all, a job I love, a husband I can do life with and at least one “mini-me” I can devote my love and wisdom (and shoe collection??!) to. But as I face 40 next year, I am constantly reminded by my sub-conscious self, just in case I wasn’t consciously aware, that life really has taken a very different route to my original plans.

One of the songs I am in love with at the moment is OCEANS by Hillsong. The lyrics reminds me that even though life has seriously caught me off-guard on so many occasions, I have someone walking beside me Who isn’t caught off-guard. I’m not saying that my life has always been God’s best for me, I’m not preaching that particlar theology, but He isn’t surprised when the river started flowing in a different direction. A wrong direction, perhaps??

I am particularly struck by the bridge of the song at the moment, as life has recently threatened to overwhelm me. As I deal with a failed marriage and no children (I had been writing a separate blog about my struggle with infertility, which you can read here), the bridge has literally become my prayer for this season I am walking through, for the Spirit to “lead me where my trust is without borders, let me walk upon the water, wherever You would call me. Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander, and my faith will be made stronger, in the presence of my Saviour.

I want my faith to be made stronger, and I’ve heard enough of those sermons where the preacher says if you ask God to strengthen your faith, He’s going to lead you along a difficult path, so you have no choice but to trust Him.

And this is where I have worked out that faith is sometimes as small as believing God is with me, that He hasn’t forsaken me, that He is leading me. This has given me the courage to continue to walk tall and not slouch, just because I know God is upholding me. It is my prayer that even if you are walking through the valley of the shadow of death (whatever death looks like to you) you will not be afraid, but will know the peace and comfort of the Lord even in your darkest day.

Don’t hide away, the Light of Jesus -somehow- still manages to shine through us, even though we are completely unaware. Stand tall my friend. You are worth the fight.
Here are the song lyrics. Why not have a listen on YouTube while you follow the words?

You call me out upon the waters

The great unknown where feet may fail

And there I find You in the mystery

In oceans deep

My faith will stand
And I will call upon Your name

And keep my eyes above the waves

When oceans rise

My soul will rest in Your embrace

For I am Yours and You are mine
Your grace abounds in deepest waters

Your sovereign hand

Will be my guide

Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me

You’ve never failed and You won’t start now
So I will call upon Your name

And keep my eyes above the waves

When oceans rise

My soul will rest in Your embrace

For I am Yours and You are mine


Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders

Let me walk upon the waters

Wherever You would call me

Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander

And my faith will be made stronger

In the presence of my Saviour


I will call upon Your name

Keep my eyes above the waves

My soul will rest in Your embrace

I am Yours and You are mine

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