Stacey Crawford

We all have expectations for our lives. Even from the time we are little, we have this thought of how our lives will be lived out. When I was a teenager, the path I had all planned out for my life was to go to a college close to home, graduate from college with a degree in education, become a kindergarten teacher, meet the man of my dreams in college, get married by the time I was twenty-five, and then have children two to three years later.  By the time I was thirty, my hope was to have all of these things that I was certain would make for a perfect life.   

Want to know something? None of my expectations were met on my time table. I started out at the college I had planned, but with the very first education class I took figured out teaching was not for me. And in all honesty, I wasn’t a fan of kindergarten. I didn’t meet the man I was to marry in college, but through an online dating website. We didn’t get married until I was twenty-six, and to throw more “chaos” into the mix, I had to go through a very tough waiting process to finally have my daughter at the age of thirty. Needless to say, my expectations for what life would look like did not happen.

Looking back, I’m glad life didn’t play out the way I had hoped or expected. God has blown me away time and time again. His shaking of my world caused my faith to grow. It caused me to evaluate my life. It caused me to trust Him. Following and accepting His will for my life makes me truly feel as though I am experiencing life to the fullest. I have a job I love, I get to walk through life with the most loving and caring husband, and I have a daughter who has brought us so much joy. The plan I had for my life is nothing compared to the plan that God has for me.  And I am confident that when God shakes my plans the next time, I will be able to look forward, knowing that His plan is better.

My encouragement for you this week is to trust that God truly does have a bigger plan. When the life you expected or wanted doesn’t match with God’s will, just know that He wants you to live life to the fullest. Even though in the middle of it you don’t understand, know that once His plan is revealed, it will be better than anything you could have ever imagined.

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;

I will counsel you with my eye upon you.

Psalm 32:8

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.

I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

John 10:10