Many of you may know I listen to K-Love in my car. It stays on that station so much that
my daughters friends are now complaining that they hear the same songs every time they get in my
car. Every now and then I try to change it up by listening to my play list on Spotify, but I always
end up back on K-Love…there’s something about that station that I enjoy.
Today, I heard a song for the first time on that station that
made me listen to the words carefully. It was called Unplanned by Matthew West. The chorus
Oh I don’t believe in accidents, they just happen by chance As long as my God holds the world
in his hands
I know that there’s no such thing as unplanned
That got me thinking about everything we tend to go over and over in our heads about if I did t
his or that, things would
have been different. I pondered that for a minute…a very long minute. Ok, ok…a few minutes.
I started thinking about every choice I made. Should I have went away to college? Did I get
married and have kids too young? Should I have chosen to peruse a different career path? I mean
everything that required me to make a choice, whether it was one way or another,
I ultimately had to choose.
Do I believe I have complete control over my life? To an extent I do. I mean,
I know I am the one to make the choice, but was me choosing
one way or another a surprise to God…not at all. He ultimately gave me the choice to choose.
Then, I began to think about the choices of those close to me, and their situations. I know some,
like me wished they could change some things they did, but then I realized that if what I chose
wasn’t a surprise to Him, what makes me think their situation was different.
Hearing that song had me thinking that I know there are a lot of people who have some situation
they hoped could have turned out another way or wish they could have done differently, but
knowing who our Father is, and Him knowing our end from our beginning, everything we hav
gone through was for a purpose.
So, as I was trying to decide if my past mistakes and shortcomings could have been handled in
another way, the Lord says:
Nothing you have gone through is unplanned in My eyes
Everything you’ve experienced is for a reason
It’s all a part of the story I have for you to tell
What you’ve gone through is for you to help those I bring you in contact with
You may think that if you would have chose differently, your life may be different, but you wouldn’t
have went through it if I didn’t allow it
No pain, no hurt, no misery is wasted, I use it all
There is a purpose for it all
So no matter how you think your life could have been different if things were different, everything
we went through was a part of His plan. He provided a solution before we even knew the problem.
1 Corinthians 10:13 says, No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind.
And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are
tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
He already knew what we would decide! So stop beating yourself up about past decisions. Nothing
you went through was in vain. If it was supposed to happen that way, it would have. Our Father
knows what we need. He’s always looking out for us. Let’s stop thinking we our messing up our
future’s…we aren’t that powerful!