Today's Devotional Thought
November 19, 2013 by Rachel Piferi
Yesterday was my birthday and my husband took me out for the day to one of my favorite places...Williamsburg, VA. We live only about an hour from Williamsburg, and as an alumna of the College of William & Mary, we try to visit often.
I absolutely love Williamsburg.
And, I love it a thousand times more in the Fall when the leaves are changing and the weather is getting crisp. The smell of warm apple cider and burning wood floats through the air as you walk through the leaf littered brick pathways of the historic campus and old city.
It is simply spectacular.
And yesterday was nothing short of that. It was a gorgeous autumn day in Virginia. It was actually quite warm and we spent time just walking around the campus, reminiscing about my years there, eating in a familiar college deli near my old dorm, dreaming about which one of our children would follow in my footsteps there, and just enjoying our time together.
As I get older, birthdays seem to be an occasion to reflect on where we've been. And, as we reflected on that period of my life, I had to smile at the determined 17 year old redhead who showed up on campus ready to take on the world. I decided in the 7th grade that I was going to attend to W&M and I had no back-up plan. So when I received my early decision acceptance letter in the Fall of my Senior year of high school, I was ecstatic and I started packing my bags for the next chapter of my plan.
As my four wonderful years at W&M came to a close, I set my eyes on graduate school. I had a clear plan and I worked hard to make it happen.
And happen it did.
So, I packed my car and moved 8 hours from Williamsburg to Knoxville, TN to take on the next chapter of my plan.
Fast forward a few years and you could see many chapters of my plan had opened and closed just as I planned.
Graduate school. Check.
Dream Job at a prestigious research institution. Check.
It was all going as I had dreamed and as I had planned.
And there was the problem...they were all my plans.
As we thought about it yesterday, we talked about the journey and how amazing it has been. In fact, as I reflected on my plans yesterday, I commented on how they were good plans and I enjoyed them very much, but I was pursuing my goals and I never once asked the Lord what his plans were.
I will be honest, I am not proud of that fact, but it is the truth. I had dreams. I had goals. I had as much determination as you could pack into a college student and off I went.
Full of dreams. Determined to make them happen.
Never asking God once what he wanted for me.
But in his sovereignty and in his will, my plans became a reality.
But the cool thing about the story is that when my plans began to be fulfilled, God began to reveal his real plan for me. And whoa did my head spin. You all know the story (and if you don't, you can read it under "Isabella's Story") and on many days, I am simply amazed as I look at what God has done.
Not just in the miracle of Isabella's birth, but in the miracle of turning this determined woman around from someone who followed her dreams to someone who followed his dreams.
And that just makes me smile.
As I walked yesterday through the vibrant autumn reds and oranges on the campus where my dreams took flight, I saw that young girl, so full of her dreams, and so unaware of what God had for her. And I looked at all of the other young people scurrying about, following their dreams, and largely unaware of God. But even though they may be unaware of him, I had to smile at the thought that he was not at all unaware of each of them.
And much like he had a plan for me, he has a plan for each of them. And he has a plan for each of you.
And it is a plan that is far greater than any plan you can devise. Believe me.
As we strolled down memory lane yesterday, I pulled out my phone and tweeted the following:
"God's plans are always better than our plans. Period."
And it is the truth. My plan was pretty good and it was a good life. But it was nothing compared to the abundance he had waiting for me in his plan for my life.
Sweet friends, walk towards his plan for your life. Trust me, even if your plan is good, his plan is better. I am living proof of that and I smile when I think of how he walked it all with me.
And continues to.
Happy Tuesday everyone. Praying you chase his dreams today!