Unplanned But Part of God’s Plan

April 26, 2011 by  
Filed under Daily Devotions, Personal Growth

By Rosemary Flaaten -
“You were unplanned but definitely wanted.” These words from my mother confirmed that my conception had come as quite a surprise to my forty-year-old parents. However, God never makes mistakes and so Mom always backed up her statement by affirming that I had been planned by God before the beginning of time.

God has had a purpose for every moment of my life, and that plan will continue until the moment I die. These holy plans have been evident as a child growing up on a farm on the Canadian prairies, a student at a secular university, a nursing aid and daycare worker, a music teacher, and an ex-pat corporate wife. Being a pastor in a mega church, a writer and a corporate trainer have all been surprises to me but have also been part of God’s plan before the beginning of time. To many my journey may seem like a mismatch of pathways but God’s plans are higher than my vocation; they are my calling.

The path of our lives may start with a bump or two, be full of winding roads and mishaps, and have their share of both mountain tops and deep valleys but through it all we must continue to believe that God has a plan. Our lives our not random or purposeless.

Wherever we find ourselves, we must be attentive to the God-tracks in our history. History is really God’s story and we get the privilege of living His-story in our skin. When we can believe that God has brought us to this place, on this day in history for “such a time as this” (Esther 4:14 NIV), then we will view each unexpected diversion in our path in a different light. Instead of being setbacks, they will be stepping stones on the plan God is unfolding.

May each of us be attentive to the portion of His-story that we are part of this day and commit to living out our potential in His holy plan.

PRAYER: O Lord, give me the faith to catch a fresh glimpse of Your holy plan for me this day.

“Before I shaped you in the womb, I knew all about you. Before you saw the light of day, I had holy plans for you” (Jeremiah 1: 5 TM).

Today’s Devotional is by Rosemary Flaaten. Her successful book, A Woman and Her Relationships, and its accompanying DVD small group resource helps women bridge the gap between their spiritual lives and everyday interactions. Her newest book A Woman and Her Workplace delves into 9-5 relationships. A dynamic speaker—Rosemary challenges her audiences to view their workplaces as opportunities to live out Christ’s love. Rosemary lives with her husband and three children in Calgary, Canada.

About Rosemary Flaaten

As a dynamic speaker and an award winning author of "A Woman and Her Relationships" and "A Woman and Her Workplace" , Rosemary Flaaten's passion is to see people deepen their relationship with God and others. She lives in Calgary, Canada.


2 Responses to “Unplanned But Part of God’s Plan”
  1. Thanks for the reminder that we get to live His-story in our skin. Love it!

  2. Alan Mowbray says:

    Jer. 1:5 is one of my favorite verses.
    It’s a good reminder to remember to look at ourselves through God’s eyes once in a while. It helps in seeing the path he has planned for us – good word!

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