Has your life turned out how you expected or do you feel like you’ve been re-routed to places you never imagined?
We were newlyweds busy plotting our course while God was about the business of “determining our steps” right into an unexpected job interview (Proverbs 16:9). Within a week of that divine appointment, my husband was hired, or should I say, we were hired. As is the case with boarding schools, it’s an all-hands-on-deck commitment. We were assigned to live in a boy’s dorm, where my husband would serve as an assistant head, and I took a position working in the Admissions Office. So much for our plans to return to his boarding school a decade later with grad degrees under our belt and our own teens ready to enroll.
Sometimes . . . maybe all the time . . . things don’t work out quite how we planned.
I never did get that grad school degree, although my husband squeezed his in somewhere between juggling dorm duty, teaching Chemistry, and becoming a new dad. That child we dreamed of seeing enrolled at her daddy’s school came to pass fourteen years later, but alas she never did become an alum, as God rerouted my husband into a new job in another state right before her junior year.
In the unexpected twists and turns, and often trials, God is about the business of giving us what we need rather than what we want.
We could never had seen what God was about to do through that one unexpected job interview, but from this perspective His provisions and purposes are so graciously evident. In that nearly two-decade long season at the boarding school, God transformed me from the inside out, using the love of friends and priceless mentors to spur on His healing work. He not only changed me but in doing so changed my legacy and birthed a ministry devoted to equipping women to embrace biblical transformation for themselves for the sake of impacting the next generation.
In the middle of whatever feels like unexpected re-routings, God is sovereignly at work fulfilling a plan much greater than the one we have in mind.
His mission is to complete the good work He began in us. He is about transforming us to make us more and more like Him. Yes, we can dream, hope, and pursue the desires of our hearts. But while dreaming, hoping, and pursuing, we might be called to something altogether different. The good news is that there are blessings to be found in both our fulfilled dreams and rerouted ones. That’s because the life we crave isn’t found in the plans we make — it’s found in the intimacy of walking in fellowship with the One who ordains every breath we take, every move we make, every single day of our lives.
Elisa Pulliam is the author of Meet the New You and founder of the ministry More to Be. She is a certified life coach, mentor, and speaker who is passionate about inspiring women to experience a fresh encounter with God for the sake of impacting the next generation. Elisa and her husband, Stephen, savor life together with their four children. Connect with Elisa at MoreToBe.com.
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