Five-Minute Friday {plan}

divorce AND

distance AND

depression AND

fear AND

separation AND

biopsies AND

cancer AND

dementia AND

grief AND

loss AND…..

Who plans this?

You aren’t naïve enough to think there will be no speed bumps in life, but dead ends? Blinding curves that leave you griping the wheel not knowing what’s around the bend?

In the midst of our plans for life is the word “happy” nestled neatly between the plans of family and children, love and marriage, health and, well, happiness. That’s our plan.

Then the real life comes with plans of its own and we remember that verse, the one so many seniors wrote in their yearbook, “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

Some days we are left to wonder where is the good? Where is the hope?

dirt road to nowhere

If we look beyond our plans, if we look beyond that single verse not seen in its full context, if we look beyond happiness, we will see a plan for us to rest in the unknown because we are known to Him. 

Our dreams and nightmares, our success and failures, our strengths and our weakest moments are all known to this God who always loves us, always finds us and always goes ahead of us making the path safe for us to follow.

A path that will try our faith and bring us to our knees, which is most often where he wants us. Bending our will to His.

Linking up with Kate Motaung for the weekly Five-Minute Friday free writing party where Kate gives the word and we frantically, or not, write for 5-minutes, or so. 😉 Join the party which is a lot like a progressive dinner. Remember those?

More about Debby Hudson

Where do you find grace? Inside the church walls? Around the dinner table with your family? For years, grace was not much more than the prayer we said before meals or a biblical concept. Then I met a group of men who had, as we say, reached bottom. They welcomed me to Graceland. They showing me grace can be found in the darkest of places. I'm still searching and learning. I hope you'll want to come along.

16 thoughts on “Five-Minute Friday {plan}

  1. leah

    Such good words here on looking at the full context of those often repeated verses we grew up hearing. The hard paradox of real suffering that sinks and real faith that rises. But that is where the Reality of Christ, not the idea of Him, is birthed.
    Thanks for the encouraging words.


    1. Debby

      Yes, Leah, well said! Thanks for stopping by.


  2. amypboyd

    Such a beautiful reminder that our path is first found when we are on our knees calling out to Him.


  3. claygirlsings

    So true. We’re in an unexpected season of chronic pain, hospitalizations, and loss of income. It’s not in our plan, but it’s still in God’s and at work for his glory.

    visiting from FMF.


    1. Debby

      I’m sorry to hear you’re in a difficult and trying time. May God provide your every need and may you sense his love and mercy in a deeper way as you wait on him.


  4. Jeanne Takenaka

    Debby, such true words here. Sometimes we have to look beyond the dead ends to remember that God has gone before us, and we’re not at the end–at least not His end. We’re right where we need to be to be in the center of His plans.

    Beautiful post today!

    Visiting from FMF. 🙂


    1. Debby

      You are so right Jeanne. Thank you!


  5. Mari-Anna Frangén Stålnacke

    Great post, Debby! We truly can rest in the unknown because we are known to Him. Thank you! Abundant blessings to you!


    1. Debby

      Thank you Mari-Anna. I need daily reminders of this.


  6. Annie Rim

    Yes, even the bumpy, rough roads lead us to God’s plans. Such a beautiful reminder to trust, even when things aren’t smooth…


    1. Annie Rim

      PS- I love progressive dinners!! 🙂


    1. Debby

      Thanks, originaljinu.


  7. Mama's Empty Nest

    You know what they say, ‘the best laid plans of mice and men often go astray.’ That’s why our plans have to be to lean on the Lord in all circumstances. I’m in the midst of that right now. Keep our family in your prayers please.


    1. Debby

      Definitely, Cindy. You’ve been on my mind since I read this earlier today. Lots of coming and going for us this week and next but sometimes that’s the best time for others to come to mind. In my prayers, friend. xo


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