This past weekend I celebrated my daughter’s Sweet 16thBirthday. It may take me days to recover, but I was able to successfully make her dreams come true. Leading up to her birthday, months in advance, she kept hounding me about the details for her birthday. My answer to her was always, “trust the plan.” In order to pull off a great surprise, I could not give out any details so she just had to trust me that the end results were going to be phenomenal.
After winding down from all of the weekend’s festivities, I began to mull over my words to my daughter and I felt convicted. The reason behind my emotional state was because, as I was putting everything together for her celebration, I felt a sense of sadness knowing her father would not be there to celebrate with her, as he is deceased, and I feared how could I pull it off by myself and any other major life event for her? God reminded me to, trust His plan.
Many times I try to out think God. I try to see what’s next for me and I need to know every little detail or else I become extremely anxious, much like my daughter was before her birthday. The problem in that is, I am not trusting God’s plans for my future or the future I am going to be able to provide for my kids. If I totally trusted Him, I could sit back in expectation of what He has planned for my life.
It is hard to trust the plan when you do not know all the who, what’s, whys, and where’s but God has our lives already planned out as Jeremiah 29:11 reminds us, “ For 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.” (NIV). I wanted my daughter to trust the parent in me, so too should I trust my heavenly Father to give me an expected end.
No longer will I worry about how I am going to pay for proms, send my last two kids to college, purchase them cars, or pay for weddings. I am going to trust God’s plan. I am going to wait in expectation of our awesome futures!
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Deborah Woolard is a single mother of three from Raleigh, NC and she currently resides in Charlotte, NC. She is an ordained & licensed minister and she serves as the Youth Director at R5 Church. Her love for writing, especially poetry is one of the many ways God allows her to use her gifts for His glory. Her poetry can be viewed at https://m.facebook.com/gracefullydsignedbydeborah/.