When I was in high school, I thought about becoming either a psychologist or a lawyer. To see which I really preferred, I took a psych class one semester then a “Law and You” class the following semester—I liked both but was leaning more towards being a psychologist. I thought I had everything planned out, but things didn’t go the way I imagined it would. I went a different direction— signing up for the Army National Guard, meeting my future husband, then getting married/having kids.
Sometimes we experience detours in our lives—they are unplanned and often unforeseen but in the whole scheme of life they were part of the ultimate plan. Even though I had plans of what I would be “when I grew up,” I realize now that I really had no control over my future— this made me think about James 4:13-14:
“Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone” (NLT).
Some people in my position would be a little disappointed that things didn’t go the way they planned, but it was during the pre-marital counseling session where I heard about what Jesus did for me—dying in my place on the cross so that God could forgive me of my sins.
I didn’t become a psychologist or a lawyer, but I became something much better—a follower of Christ. Acts 17:27-28 tells us, “His purpose was for [people] to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him—though he is not far from any one of us. For in him we live and move and exist…” (NLT).
Your life may not be what you had hoped it would be, but perhaps it is God that has changed your path. Seek Him and find out His ultimate plan for you!
Copyright © 2013 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti