Reflections: How to Cope When Plans Fall Apart

The sky at sunset over mountains with text that reads. Don't squander your sleep over tomorrow
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 “A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps” (Proverbs 16:9)

Plans, we all make plans each day of our lives. Some plans are small like what we will eat for lunch or dinner and some plans are big like what we will do for a living. We plan for the next hour as well as for the next few years. So, what happens when the plans we make do not work out?  

I have had to face this challenge in life several times. I plan for something and it does not end up happening. I have had to learn to take what comes my way and the only way I can do this is by trusting God. Here are three ways that I cope when my plans are ruined. 

1. Hold on lightly to this world 

It is very easy to become attached to many things in this life. We may get attached to a person or to a career or even to material things and money. All of this has its place in life but it will not last forever. The time we have in this life is very short when we compare it to eternity. This life and everything in it 

Is quickly fading away. We should hold everything lightly and focus on eternity. This life will bring changes to our plans but eternity is a certainty.  Watch the video below to learn how to be saved and have eternal life.

2. Trust in God’s wisdom 

I believe that God truly cares for us all, after all he gave us his only begotten son Jesus Christ who died in our place so we could have eternal life. All we have to do is call out to Jesus Christ for salvation, watch the video above to learn more. 

The Bible is filled with so much wisdom and sometimes our plans fall apart because God knows that something better is ahead and he is helping us out by wrecking our plans. We do still have free will and we make our own choices in life but I think that some things happen for a reason by God’s grace. I think of someone being late to work and that saves them from being in the building during a fire. I think of a relationship ending before reaching marriage, this is probably saving the couple from  making a terrible choice that would end in a divorce. 

3. Leave the future in God’s hands

This world is unsteady and it is not helpful to worry about the future because we are not in control. Do not squander your sleep over tomorrow. I am learning to let my plans go and take things day by day and trust God one minute at a time.

Some extra thoughts

I hope this encourages you today. May God give you peace and strength to face each day in Jesus name, Amen.

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