Each of us has been given a plan for our lives. For most, that blueprint remains a mystery and a puzzle. We wander back and forth unsure of our footing or grasp. Much like a mountain climber who has no safety rope or pick, we inch our way through life fearing each move. There is challenge and fear because we know that one wrong move will plunge us to a certain death.
Yet, there is little doubt that God has a plan for our lives. It is an inexpugnable promise that glares from every page of the scriptures. God’s direct intervention our lives is a glorious road map that leads to an abundant life. It remains a mystery to me why we so often forget the guiding Hand that desires to nurture, lead and guide us, falling instead before the idols of selfishness, doubt and uncertainty.
God’s plan for our lives must be the destination of our travels. Twenty years before I was asked to be on staff at The Special Gathering, which is a ministry within the mentally challenged community, the Lord told me his plan. I was reading Corrie ten Boon’s book about the ministry she had before the war. Dante Corrie was the pastor to people in her community who were mentally challenged. God spoke to me as I read, “This is what I’ve called you to do.”
Twenty years of training lay ahead of me before I was to do this work; yet, He never forgot his plan for me. I must admit that I tried to bring about God’s plan and failed miserably several times. Then after 15 years or so, I decided that I had missed the Lord and would never be able to fulfil God’s true plan for my life. I put the plan on a top shelf and forgot. While still following God’s direction, I forgot the plan. But God didn’t. He continued my training.
When His time came, I was introduced to Rev. Richard Stimson, founder and executive director of Special Gathering and I came to the ministry to write a book for him. From the moment I walked into my first chapel program, I knew that I’d come home.
The book was never published; but I never left. After a few months, the Lord gently spoke to my heart, “Remember. I told you this is what I’d called you to do.” I feel the Lord allowed me to forget that calling because when I remembered, it was another firm confirmation that I was walking in God’s plan for my life.
Counselors are told that the best thing you can do is to allow a troubled person to talk. In so doing, the person discovers for herself the true reason from her distress and the answer to the problem that lies deep inside of each person. Of course, as Christ followers, we desire to know God’s plan for us and not our capricious way. But we each know. It may be hidden and lost in the training. Perhaps, in frustration or fear of failure, we put in on a shelf, waiting for God’s timing.
But God does not forget. If we are desiring to follow him and we love his ways, God will continue to direct us into his plan..into his way. Then at the right time, he will nudge us and whisper into our spirits, “Remember where you are going. This is the way. Walk in it.”