The Potential of a Plan
When I was growing up, I never really had much purpose or any aspirations. My normal routine consisted of getting up for school, going to school, coming home from school, playing video games, and going to bed. I wasn’t unhappy or depressed, that was just the life I was living. As my junior year came around, my high school introduced a football program and I was beyond excited to join. The entire summer leading up to my junior year, I was at the school practicing almost every day. From lifting, snapping the ball, running the field, and scrimmaging, I loved it! I had finally found a new purpose in my life. I thought that I was going to finish my high school career as the center on the varsity football team. However, that was my plan.
In Acts 28:30-31, Paul finds himself under house arrest in the city of Rome. He is living alone, with a solider standing guard 24/7, but he is allowed to have visitors come and go as they please. “He lived there two whole years at his own expense, and welcomed all who came to him, proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance.” When Paul became a follower of Christ, after the road to Damascus, I doubt that he ever planned years down the road being under house arrest in Rome for years. Yet, that is exactly what happened to him. For two years, he was living in his house and had the opportunity to proclaim the Gospel of Christ to everyone who he came in contact with.
As the football season drew nearer, I hit a roadblock. I was faced with a decision that I had never planned to face. It was literally the week we began to practice with our pads, that I went to my coach and teammates to turn in my helmet. This was a difficult decision for me. I had planned on playing football till I graduated, but God had a different plan for me. Around the same time I started training with the team, I went on a mission’s trip to Atlanta with my church. It was from that trip that I found a passion for the Church and serving His people. I began to play the drums for the church youth band and had to make the decision of playing football or playing drums. Ever since that morning when I turned in my helmet, I have found my purpose in serving Him.
Just like I didn’t plan on playing drums for the youth group, Paul didn’t plan on being under house arrest for two years…but God planned for it. You see, as followers of Christ, we need to remember that His plan is always far greater and better then anything we could ever dream of.
Whose plan are you following after – your plan or the Father’s?
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:2).
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