Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him. (1 Corinthians 2:9)
For since the beginning of the world men have not heard nor perceived by the ear, nor has the eye seen any God besides You, Who acts for the one who waits for Him. (Isaiah 64:4)
There are some people in life who take life as it comes–chaos or calm–they take it on and enjoy the challenge and diversity of change. Me–well, I’m a dreamer and a planner. I like to dream about all the possibilities that could possibly be out there regarding my future–both good and bad–and then I like to plan how I might get to those possibilities or avoid them. Words I don’t care to hear regarding my life and future are “Surprise!” or “Just kidding!” “Surprise” means something has come along I was not expecting. “Just kidding” means what I thought would be no longer will occur.
Yet then I read verses like above. God is stating that nothing that has entered my thoughts and heart, nothing I could ever have dreamed up nor ever will dream up can compare to what He already knows and has planned for me. God has a future and a hope for me (Jer 29:11). According to Proverbs 19:21, “There are many plans in a man’s heart, nevertheless the Lord’s counsel–that will stand.” God has prepared a path for me, one that will best draw me to Him and give Him the glory He deserves. I may dream and plan, but ultimately, God’s counsel is the one that will stand.
Just recently I heard both the “surprise” and the “just kidding” within days of each other. Something unexpected came as I had to let go of what I knew. Actually, almost everything I had come to know in my life was uprooted. Yet as I walked through the initial shock of each of these, I’ve been able to see God’s faithfulness through it all. He’s had a plan all along. His ways are indeed higher and better than my ways. Would I have ever dreamed of moving to a completely different place, having to leave everything I’ve known for 19 years to go where I knew no one? Nope. But now that it is happening, I am getting excited at the new adventure and realizing it really is an answer to the prayers of my heart to have my family be together. Did I ever envision a close relationship that typically takes months and years to form within days? Nope. But God has used this person to heal my heart and to grow my faith in ways I myself never would have imagined. But God imagined it. Did I ever envision having to say good-bye to this new friend so shortly after getting to know her? Nope. But God has developed a connection I know will last the distance. Face to face may no longer happen often, but the heart to heart will. Did I ever imagine I’d say good-bye to a ministry I’d poured my heart into and thought I’d be doing to the day God called me home? Nope. But as I say good-bye to the ministry, I know God is with me and has other plans for my future. He has helped me to let go of it while also giving me an inner hope and knowing He will use me elsewhere.
“Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). Silence has always tended to be scary to me. Silence has meant anger, resentment, or rejection. Yet not with God. He asks us to be still. Even more, He usually speaks in the silence with a still, small voice (1 Kings 19:12). So as I walk through this world, as I walk the path set before me, I will trust and I will rest before Him. When the path takes a sudden, unexpected turn, I will not fear. Whether the turn takes me away from something I’ve known or introduces me to something I’ve never known, one thing I will know is God is God, and I am His child. I will, “…hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23).
I may be a dreamer and a planner, but my God–the one true and only God–is the ultimate planner and dreamer. Do I want my dreams or His dreams? My plans or His? HIS! I want His plans for me. After all “eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21)