What do you do when your plan and God’s plan doesn’t align?
“When You don’t move the mountains, I’m needing You to move, when You don’t part the waters, I wish I could walk through, when You don’t give the answers, as I cry out to you, I will trust, I will trust, I will trust in You.” These lyrics are from the song—Trust In You by Lauren Daigle. I love me some Lauren Daigle, maybe because of her husky voice, or the fact that she is also from Cajun country (Lafayette) her songs are always amazing.
She is a Christian artist that is so hot right now, with her latest album— Look Up Child debuting at no. 3 on the Billboard top 200, Selena Gomez always playing her songs on her IG stories and also an article about her with People Magazine, Lauren Daigle is definitely a force to reckon with. And she is a great example, of what following God’s plan for your life looks like.
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With all these great things happening in Lauren’s life, I remember the days I didn’t want to hear those particular lyrics to her hit song Trust In You because I was wrestling between what I wanted and God's plan for my life. And no this article isn’t about Lauren Daigle, haha. Many years after I had graduated from college, I could not land my dream job. I studied engineering and was waiting to get that big break, you know the one that you get from a prestigious company like Shell or Chevron, then you start living your best life at a young age.
That opportunity never came for me, and honestly, I wasn't surprised, to say the least. I wasn't the best in school; I had just studied engineering because my dad chose that for me. And I don't fault him for that, because at 17 when I was applying for college, I didn't know what I wanted to be in life, let alone study in university. So I was advised to study chemical engineering since it was one of the broad engineering fields, and it could land me a job in other organizations, apart from the engineering industry.
There were times where I got so close to landing those dream jobs, and it just felt like the rug was pulled from underneath me, and I never got the job. I used to think my village people were at work (my Nigerian readers will get this). I will always dream of working with these large establishments. And with all of that going on, I did not heed my family's advice to move back home either. So I kept on struggling and also trying to trust God to open the door that I wanted to walk through so badly.
But it felt like He was mute, I didn't know what He wanted me to do at the time, and I kept praying for a miraculous job opportunity to fall on my lap. Then He began to speak; He wanted me to move back to my home country, and I didn't have it. I will pray and pray, cry and cry, with people continually asking me what I was going to do with my life and me trying to convince them that God was going to turn it all around like magic. He still does magical things, but not in the ways we would imagine.
Whenever I prayed to Him, I would get things like “Trust in the Lord and in the power of His might.” Psalm 105:4-6 or “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11.
Then Lauren’s song would usually pop up on the radio, and I’m like God I don’t want to hear this right now, (because the lyrics spoke directly to my situation and unlike Lauren, I did not want to trust in Him) I needed Him to tell me things like —The door is about to open, Chevron is going to call you right about now.
You know things of that nature. Sometimes that is the greatest misconception we get from the church. Most people are preaching about breakthroughs and how God wants to take you from a zero to one million, and people get pumped by these messages and hold onto them like they are gospel. Does God want to bless you? Yes! Does He want you to live your best life? Absolutely! But what we may know as best life isn’t God’s own definition of best life.
God's meaning of best life, is a life full of obedience to His word and direction, it's showing up on time for work when your boss is a pain in the behind. It's serving your local church and pastors, even when you don't feel like it, it's working a job you want to quit so badly, even when you don't see how your present position is relevant to the life He has shown you that you would have. It is trusting Him when you don't see any reason to believe Him.
I kept running away as Jonah did in the bible and kicking against the goads as Paul did in the book of Acts (Acts 26:14). But eventually, God won. I moved back home, and it was against my will. And that was the best thing that ever happened to my life in recent times.
I completely surrendered to His plan and direction for my life, I then came to a resolution that my life will not look like that of my peers, and that is fine. When I started walking in obedience, the better things became for me. And just like anyone who He promised greatness in the Bible, and who got there eventually, I too will get there someday.
So now when little Miss Lauren's song comes up on the radio, I raise my volume to the highest and rock out to the song because, I know I am now living out His plans and His desires, and He is leading me daily to where He has for me. The only regret I have is, I wish I had listened to Him sooner. Now when I pray, I pray for His desires, His directions, and His plans for my life, because they are the best plans just as Jeremiah 29:11 reveals and I know that He loves me, even more than I love myself.
If God is leading you down a particular path, even if you don't like it, just follow Him, because there is not a day ahead He has not seen. Hope you enjoyed this inspirational article today. If you love articles like this and will like to view more, subscribe to our website to get notified when new content is added. Thank you for reading.