Sunday, February 11, 2018

The Plan is Salmon

The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps. 
Proverbs 16:9

"What's for dinner?" my people asked. It was a little after five and the natives were getting restless. 
"The plan is salmon," I proclaimed
"We don't want salmon," they exclaimed. "We want pizza."

The one who works so hard every day explained he had already had fish that week.  I didn't argue -  maybe I didn't really want to cook anyway.

But the salmon is coming. It is already defrosted in the fridge. The plan hasn't changed even though they are eating pizza. It only appears that it has. The plan is still salmon. 

I bought it for my family because it is good for us, full of healthy fats, protein and other nutrients.  My plan for them to have the salmon was because it was beneficial for them and my desire hasn't changed.  I serve it with sushi rice and sauteed zucchini.  I have assembled all the ingredients.  It is always a delicious dinner and way better than pizza. 

As I was cleaning up the kitchen tonight, which after ordering pizza is a breeze, I wondered how much of our life is like my "Plan for Salmon."   God plans our steps, assembles all the ingredients and tells us His will for our lives; even if we go in an opposite direction, His plans have not changed.  

His plans for Jonah didn't change even though Jonah got on a boat heading to Tarsish.  Jonah 3:1-2
His plan for Joseph didn't change even though his brothers sold him as a slave. Genesis 50:20
His plan of salvation doesn't change even if someone rejects it. John 12:44-48
His plan to bless us doesn't change even if we are living with the consequences of poor decisions. Jeremiah 29:11-13

My kids might get a couple more meals without salmon- but it will happen. I know the future because I am the cook.   In the same way,  God knows the future because He is the Master Chef. Rather than wasting our energy resisting his plans, let's trust that what he plans for us is good and lovely. 

Romans 12:2 encourages us that God's will is good, pleasing and perfect.  It is time to make that jump and trust Him completely in every part of your life.  

Thinking back on your life, have their been times that you have let go of your plans to follow God's will?  

Is their something that you need to let go of to fully embrace God's will?