A few years ago, I stumbled across a song called “Whatever Your Plan Is”, written by Josie Buchanan. For a long time, listening to this song was a part of my daily routine, it was one of those songs I played a whole lot! But over time, I naturally moved on to other songs and it wasn’t something I really listened to anymore. Then, a couple of weeks ago, the song appeared on my YouTube recommendations and I fell in love with it all over again! Listening to it has really got me thinking about plans…
This song is all about God having a plan for our lives and about Him having is hands in our future and our past. It’s about us surrendering and trusting that His plan is for our good. It’s about us saying ‘have your way, Jesus, take control, whatever your plan is, let it be’.
I think that the meaning this song carries is something that a lot of people may struggle with. Plans are a huge part of society. We grow up being told to make plans for our future. So, the idea of letting God take control of your plans may feel a little daunting to some of you. Many of us have this ‘plan’ we’ve envisioned for our lives. We have these steps that we’ve created for ourselves to follow and to take at certain points. We’ve created this pressure to reach a certain goal at a specific time. We’ve relied on our plans over Gods.
Now, don’t get me wrong, having vision and creating goals for yourself is amazing and I encourage it! The hard thing however, is when you rely on these earthly plans too much – to the point that it’s as if they’re your only option – and then, when the plans don’t go how you expected them to… in the moment, it can shatter you. When you’ve worked towards a specific goal and it doesn’t happen how you wanted it to, it can be heartbreaking and feel like all of your work was for nothing. But when we let God into our plans, when we let Him take the wheel, He makes beauty from the brokenness. What feels like a failed plan and a full stop to us, is the start of something beautiful to Him.
What we have to remember when making plans for ourselves is that we can only see the street that we’re currently walking on, or maybe a slight glimpse of the road in the distance, but God see’s the whole map. He knows the whole picture.
Whatever plans you have created for your life, I’m sure that they are beautiful, but within those plans, make room for God to work through them. He has plans for you that are far greater than you could ever imagine for yourself. He has a unique story for your life. He is going to work through every plan you have created for yourself and make it bigger and better than your wildest dreams. Even if it doesn’t quite make sense to you in the moment, trust that He has something good for you. Trust that the best is yet to come.