When God Laughs At Our Plans

Lets face it, we all make plans, plans about jobs, finances, the future, plans about what we are doing for dinner. And I don't know about you, but sometimes I take the ability to plan for granted. I live in a free nation, where for the most part no one is telling me who I can marry, how many children I can or can't have or what I can and can't eat, although we are seeing moves towards regulations in those areas, but alas, that's another post for another time, probably by someone other than me. But I digress, this post is about when God laughs at our plans.


The Word says "Many plans are in a man's heart, But the counsel of the Lord will stand" Proverbs 19:21 NASB), and also "The mind of man plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps" (Proverbs 16:9 NASB)

I like to plan, for things I want. I like to have, here I go, I am going to say it, control. There I admit it, I struggle with control, although I don't know many who don't, it's gotta be that sin nature, that need to be in charge, and recently The Lord laughed at me and my need to control. You see my husband and I were not sure we wanted to have any more children right now. We talked about adopting in the future, but we were taking measures so to speak on trying not to get pregnant. Before anyone jumps to conclusions I was not on birth control, and that too is another post, but as I was saying we were being "careful". We have two beautiful sons, and we love them dearly, but sometimes I struggle with that inferior mom stuff. I don't homeschool, I don't do crafts, honestly I don't even like to play (I know can you believe it?). So the idea of having more children, at least right now didn't seem Iike it was in the "plan". But as the saying goes, "man makes plans and The Lord laughs at them". 


From looking at my blog, or anyone that knows me, I have strong feelings about life. God is the giver of life and we should value it, in every way, shape and form. And that's where the inner struggle began. I became convicted that I was trying to prevent the blessing of The Lord. I tried to mask over it with the "I want to adopt again" phrase, but truth be told the idea of labor and those struggles were not exciting to me and the are so many children that need families. Not only that, financially I was like "No way Lord, how would we ever have more kids?" But to me, trying to withhold or prevent pregnancy almost lined up with the abortion movement. 
Stay with me here, don't quit on me now, just hear me out. For the most part, the reason for abortion is the fact that a pregnancy and a child would not be convenient, they would mess up their "plans" if they had a baby. Another reason is they don't feel ready. Hunny, no one is ever really ready for kids, I don't care who you are. Or it's a financial reason, but you know what, you can never really afford kids unless you are rolling in the dough. I am not making lite of these reasons, but I realized for me, that's what my husband and I were feeling. We weren't ready, we didn't have the money we thought we needed and it would hinder "our plans". Terrible sounding as I read this, but true. 


That's when the conviction hit me. Here I was pushing for life in prayer and yet, I wasn't willing to host life?? Could I not trust God with my family? Did I not think He knew what was best? Did I not trust Him to provide? Then I was reminded that for awhile we thought we might never have children. We had tried and tried and I never became pregnant. We had always wanted to do foster care and adopt, but we also thought we would have biological children. Then we adopted our son, a year later I was pregnant. God kept my womb shut so that my son would have a forever family with us. He had plans and purposes for my boy, and we were a part of that plan.


The day that all this conviction and repentance happened was also the day I discovered I was pregnant again. God had prepared my heart for the news, by first breaking my heart once again for what breaks His, His children. We've gotten it so backwards, it isn't about us and our plans, it about Him and His plans. When we get that right, everything falls into place. It does not mean it is easy or not terrifying at times, but in the midst of it there is peace.


Are there "plans" you have that The Lord may be laughing at? I encourage you to get before Him in prayer and see what He has to say about them. You never know what He has to say until you take the time to ask and listen.

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