You must give up the life you planned in order to have the life that is waiting for you. -Joseph Campbell
I grew up believing that if I follow God's rules, he would come in and make all my dreams come true. So I tried to follow the rules: I made good grades. I tried to follow the Sunday school lessons. But in my 20s, life wasn't working out as I hoped. I was unemployed for almost 2 years, then unhappy at several of the jobs I did have. I felt like the ugly duckling, unable to fit in, and I feared that I just wasn't suitable for this grown-up life.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare[peace] and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. -Jeremiah 29:11-13
I used to roll my eyes when I heard this verse. People quoted it to me all the time when I was unable to find a job in 2009, when "a future and a hope" seemed like a fairy tale that would never happen to me.
But in hindsight, God used that time to bring healing from my experience teaching overseas. I was really angry at God and depressed, and I thought that getting a job would solve all my problems. Having a job is a wonderful thing, but it's not a magic cure. God was trying to get my attention, and I'm not sure what would have happened if I had just gotten what I wanted.
That doesn't mean that I was being punished, or that this would be true if I am unemployed again. It's hard to trust God, and we may never know what he is doing with out joyous times and our struggles.
Many are the plans in the mind of a man,
but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand. -Proverbs 19:21
Right now, we are in exactly the right place.
That thing you didn't get done today? It's ok. It will work out.
I know that you can do all things,
and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted. -Job 42:2
What part of your life are you most frustrated with today?
Write a reminder to yourself that God can be trusted. Include a verse that you feel connected to. You don't have to believe it all the time - just let God remind you that he is with you.