God’s Plan

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28 NIV).

It is so easy to avoid the scenic route of life. We often cling to a linear path, not realizing what makes life worthwhile are the detours, the bumps, and the curves along the way. I guess you could call this, "advice I would give my younger self."

If you could go back and give your younger self advice, what would it be?

It is a classic question I am sure we have all heard before. I am a recovering should've, could've, would've kind of girl, who occasionally lives in the past and clings to what could have been. I have always had this fixation on "better."

I often feel life could somehow be better if I did this or if I did that. Maybe, I have watched too many movies or have become too accustomed to the depiction of life through the lens of social media. But I certainly feel at times that I am not quite where I need to be. I have found myself disappointed at the younger me for paths I did not take, or moves I did not make. Yet, I am constantly reminded of Romans: 8:28. My Mom is captivated by this scripture and the fact that we serve an intentional God who is the perfect orchestrator of our lives, working behind and ahead of the scene for the good of those who love Him.

Perhaps, the most important word in that scripture is “all.” We typically equate good with positive things and trials and tribulations with bad things, failing to realize our trials are also a part of the equation. In other words, good + bad (with God) = good! In fact, bad + bad (with God) = good!

I’m a person who flips out when life does not go according to my perceived plan. Therefore, this scripture is a game changer for me. As much as I wish I could rewrite the past or even steer the younger me in a different direction, God’s plan still prevailed and continues to prevail. Your life experiences, and even those things you have not experienced, are all a culmination of the current you. The “current you” and your purpose needed the “past you” in order to emerge and to be part of—God’s plan.