Spiritual Life

Don’t stand in the way of God’s plan for us

Just because our children are grown and out of the nest does not mean they are out of a mom’s heart. Quite the opposite. We mothers still want our children under our wings and under our control regardless of their age, time and distance. After all, we bore them, didn’t we?

May I carry this point a little further?

Our precious adult daughter clearly heard the call by the Lord to move two states away from her comfortable home, excellent job and many friends — a call two years in the making. But I, her mother, became engulfed in overwhelming fear. I played each part of my daughter’s impending move over in my mind with “What if this happens, and what if that happens.” I pleaded with God to not allow this move to come to fruition.

Little did I know that I was interfering with God’s plan for her. My pleading was getting in his way — an obstacle to his purpose for her. It was my will, not God’s will be done.

Then the verse from Romans 8:28 came to me: “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”

The bottom line is this: Every problematic situation can be worked out for the good of those who love God. And the believer’s faith and trust in God fuels it.

God knows the big picture of our lives from beginning to end. Our lives are like a huge picture puzzle before God; and he orchestrates the puzzle pieces for our good, if we allow him. When God calls us, as in my daughter’s case, we choose either to obey or not to obey his call.

In allowing him to take charge in all things in our lives, he begins the process of interlocking the puzzle pieces for our good and for his glory. Our job, as believers, is to get out of his way and pray in faith, “Your will be done, not mine.”

Then stand on God’s promise: “For I hold you by your right hand — I, the Lord your God. And I say to you, ‘Don’t be afraid. I am here to help you.’ ” (Isaiah 41:13)

God promises to hold us in his hand. Why? Because some puzzle pieces may have the word “struggles” attached to them — and with struggles, fear often sets in. We need his hand in ours through those potential struggles. And as God orchestrates the puzzle pieces on the puzzle board of our lives, watch with peaceful expectation for miracles and favor to show up.

Once I let go of my plan for my daughter and let God do his plan for her life … BAM! … fear vanished. Instantly peace settled within me. I viewed the move with fresh eyes. God’s peace was placed into this mother’s heart as her daughter and children began packing their belongings to move away. And they, too, were filled with God’s peace.

Donna Hubbard is Small Group Leader at Life Church7, Richland. Questions and comments should be directed to editor Lucy Luginbill in care of the Tri-City Herald newsroom, 333 W. Canal Drive, Kennewick, WA 99336. Or email lluginbill@tricityherald.com.