God's Plan

Since I was younger, my favorite bible verse has been Jeremiah 29:11 which states, “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.” When things have gotten difficult I often resort back to this scripture, and it gives me the courage to press on despite what I might be facing. But, then freshman year of college came around. I begin to wonder if God has a plan for me, does that mean no matter what I do I’ll end up where He wants me to be? If His plan for me is to become a doctor, why is it so difficult to be a doctor? And is it only difficult for me because that is a sign that I shouldn’t be a doctor? This kind of thinking is crazy and dangerous because achieving any dreams requires hard work and is difficult. If we believed this, then none of us would achieve our dreams because none of us ever worked for them.

What I didn’t realize was I was touching into predestination. Predestination is a concept that Calvinism held a long time ago (which now is rejected by Calvinism). It is the belief that everything will happen the way God has ordered it, especially in regards to salvation. This would also mean that people wouldn’t have free will, which we do. People would have no control over their outcome because God has already taken care of that for them. So, if I have free will and can make my own choices, then does that still mean God has a plan for me?

I wrote a whole post back in April about how we are not predestined, and we have to try for our dreams because of this fact. But, God still has a plan for us. In order to understand God’s plan, we have to look at this concept in a different light. In general, a plan is usually a list of steps, or a diagram. that helps you achieve something. For any plan, however, you will never achieve the end goal if you don’t stick to it and put in a ton of work. For God, He knows what end goal He has in store for you. And now, you have to act on His plan. That might seem intimidating considering you don’t actually know what His plan is and you only have a loose idea of what the end goal actually is.

The thing that a lot of people do not understand is that God’s Plan doesn’t have a straight line. You could mess up a million times, but God adjusts His plan to what path you take. You can never fully mess up God’s plan because He’s already adjusted it to your circumstances. That doesn’t mean you wont go through difficult situations on your way to whatever end goal, it just gives you reassurance that there is a plan for you. And with God on your side, you will end up wherever it may be. It may take you longer than expected, and maybe it will take you to a different place than what you expected. You have to remember that it is God’s plan, not yours. God works in mysterious ways, and things you think were once mistakes could possibly lead you into a bigger and better direction. For example, I entered college as a biochemistry major and, for some reason, I was advised to wait a semester to start my biology classes. I ended up changing my major to biology a year later, and I started my third biology class while I should have been entering my fourth biology class with some of my friends. However, this ‘set back’ opened up multiple opportunities just because I happened to be at the right place at the right time. You may go through things you didn’t think you would. You may end up somewhere better than you originally planned for yourself. But all that matters is you continue to try. If you just sit around doing nothing, you will not achieve anything.