“A Different Plan”

The Upper Room devotional reflection for Friday, February 4, 2022 comes to us from Siyhani Jones of Illinois

5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV
 

“A Different Plan”

As a junior in college, I daydreamed about my senior year: basketball games, random road trips, late nights watching reality TV. It would be perfect. But things took a turn as I struggled in my chosen field of study and realized most of my close friends would graduate in May. I tried to stay positive, but things only got worse as my last good friend told me she wasn’t coming back to school in the fall. My plans and expectations for senior year were completely crushed.


As fall semester began, I was overwhelmingly lonely, stressed, and jealous of others. I felt like a failure, and that made me angry at God. Why am I being punished? I didn’t read scriptures like Jeremiah 29:11, I realized that I had forgotten something important: God’ ways are not my own. As I’ve surrendered to God's plan, I’ve gained a new outlook at school. I’ve even made some new friends, maybe ones I wouldn’t have gotten to know if I had lived out my own plan. God was and still is leading me through this journey toward a better me.

 

Friends –

I believe that it is often difficult to discern God’s plans for our lives, but I try to follow the commandments and make productive decisions that do no harm. Although I certainly fall short, I believe that God’s plans are always based on the Great Commandment to love God and my neighbor as myself.

--Pastor bea

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Prayer:

Dear God, help us not to hold too tightly to our own expectations and hopes so that we may align our desires with yours. Amen.

--Siyhani Jones


Prayer Focus:

Those who feel left behind


Thought for the Day:

God’s ways are not my ways

 

“I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”

Jeremiah 21:11 NIV