This was not this post I had planned to write.
I knew all week that I wanted to write a homeschooling post. Our new school year is approaching faster than I’d like it to.
But God had other plans. On many levels.
Life threw me a curve ball this week and I can’t say I liked it very much.
You see, I briefly wrote on how my husband and I have to be frugal for financial reasons.
Well, one of our ways in doing so was our garden. This year we are living in a rented house with a yard so we invested in two raised garden beds. I love gardening!
The upfront investment cost is hefty but the returns are supposed to be bountiful.
Or so we thought.
That’s what we planned for.
But God had other plans. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, Jeremiah 29:11
This verse kept popping into my head every time I went out to my garden today.
You see, just a few weeks ago I was jumping with joy at the amount of baby cucumbers beginning to grow. We talked about all the pickles and salad we would enjoy this summer.
But you see, yesterday I went to water the garden and saw one cucumber was large enough to harvest-so exciting!
But it quickly faded as I held this U-shaped cucumber. It was soft and showed signs of disease.
After consulting a few friends who’ve gardened for much longer than I have, it was settled-all the cucumber plants needed to be pulled up right away.
Everything else in the bed looks as if they’re heading down the same sad path. We won’t even get into the zucchini sadness going on in the other bed.
My excitement went spiraling down. Our investment seems to be spiraling down and yet we can not control it.
You see, the lesson learned here is that we cannot control everything.
I may want to. You may want to. But God has the ultimate control.
Sometimes He has to send us object lessons to teach us these life lessons.
Women have a tendency to want to control, don’t we?
Our health, family size, pregnancies, finances, schooling, relationships, pretty much every area of our daily lives we want to be controlling it.
And when we can’t we spiral into panic mode.
But we have to stop and remind ourselves who is in control. Us or God?
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Philippians 4:6
The Bible clearly tells us to bring our needs and concerns to God. We can’t sit around and worry about things that are out of our hands.
We didn’t plan on our garden not being successful but God knew it wouldn’t be from the start.
We didn’t plan on difficult pregnancies that would make us stop having children sooner than we planned but God knew it would happen.
We didn’t plan on a lot of things. As I’m sure you didn’t as well.
Life isn’t always going to go according to what we have planned. It’s going to go according to what God has planned.
Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us, Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
We just have to learn to let go and roll with whatever God brings to us, remembering that He is in control and directing our paths.
When you don’t understand your circumstances, just rest assured that God knows why.
While it’s disappointing to lose a garden crop, it’s not the end of the world, amen? 🙂
Your turn! How have you learned to let God have control? What areas do you need to surrender control?
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