“Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21
I recently saw the final episode of a mini-series called “Taken.” In that series, a young girl named Allie discovers she was born for a purpose. An alien species has a special interest in her because of her unique lineage and exceptional abilities.
Despite the plans the aliens have for her, Allie wants more than anything to be a normal kid living a normal life. After trying to escape her fate for a long time she eventually decides to give up her own wishes and go with the aliens to protect those she loves.
When one character says that what the aliens are doing doesn’t seem right, Allie responds, “Maybe not to us. But if we saw this from someplace else . . . it was just time for this to happen.”
Doesn’t life work that way? We don’t have the ability to look at our present situation from the perspective of next week or next year, so it doesn’t make sense. Sometimes we get the things we want, and sometimes we don’t. It seems like God is just screwing around with our lives for laughs.
But that’s not what he’s doing at all. Isaiah 46 says that God has planned out every moment in history and that he will accomplish those plans no matter what. Jeremiah 29 says that his plans are not meant to hurt us but to help us. So we don’t have to be afraid.
Why should we resist the plan of God? Noah didn’t resist when God told him to build an ark, and he and his family were saved from the flood. Abraham didn’t resist when God told him to sacrifice his own son, and God provided a substitute sacrifice, allowing Abraham’s family line to grow. Jonah ran away from God’s plan, was met with a storm, and ended up being swallowed by a fish.
The bottom line is that we cannot have true freedom until we willingly submit to whatever God wants for us– no matter how crazy, or scary, or unfair it seems.