The Best Laid Plans

pentecost holy spirit iconThere are many ways to get from point A to point B and there may even be a better or personally preferred route. However, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the only way.

Last night  was driving to visit my brother and encountered a detour. I was aggravated at first. It only ended up adding a few minutes to my trip. But, the new road actually took me by some breathtaking scenery. I was able to go to the top of a hill that allowed me to see the previous route from a distance, in a new perspective.

Basically, this relates to spirituality in a couple of ways. First, it shows how we can do something everyday and still find new meaning when we step back and take a different perspective. What becomes routine can easily become more meaningful and exciting if we simply step back a little and really examine it.

However, the most important point is that sometimes there are many ways to get from point A to point B. Our best laid plans may not always be the right ones in eyes of God. He has the best in mind and sometimes our chosen roads and paths might not always be his.

Not only might he have a different path in mind, but that path likely has its own share of beauty, and most importantly, purpose. God’s plans aren’t always completely in line with our own. Perhaps he takes us a certain path because we are needed to influence and touch the broadest number of people. Or maybe we’ll learn some important lessons along the way.

So, be open to the path of the Holy Spirit in guiding us to what God has in store for us. The Spirit might not take us the most direct or even our preferred route. But, he has the best way of getting us there in line with the perfect plan of God. The best laid plans of people aren’t always what God wants.

About Jonathan Bennett

Jonathan Bennett is a writer, speaker, and small business owner. He started ChurchYear.Net in 2004, along with his brother David. The site gets over one million visitors a year. His writings have also appeared in church bulletins, newspapers, and other media.

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