Purpose When Your Plans Fall Apart

You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail. Proverbs 19:21

I’ll never forget the day I had to deliver news that I knew would break my child’s heart. For many years my oldest son had set his sights on joining the military and being a member of the special forces. I have to admit that as a mother it took me a while to come accept this path, but there was no denying that he just seemed suited for this line of work in serving our country.


He began talking to recruiters and training his body. I finally began doing research of my own into ROTC programs and reading as much as I could about being part of a military family. I felt peace about his decision and began to be excited for him. Then I found the information that determined he was permanently disqualified from serving because he had celiac disease.

It never occurred to us that having to eat gluten free would keep him from a career in the military. All of his plans came to a halt that day and sent him into a it of a tailspin. It has taken him almost a year to refocus himself on his future. He still doesn’t know what career he want to pursue, but he is exploring his passions and has an interest in his schoolwork again.

The Lord will work out his plans for my life – for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever. Don’t abandon me, for you made me. Psalm 138:8

I’ll never forget the tears in his eyes when he learned that his original plans for his future were no longer an option. The confusion and lack of purpose that overtook him. And maybe today you find yourself on a path that you didn’t want. A life that you didn’t plan.

While your plans might have been derailed, God’s purpose for your life has not changed. He hasn’t abandoned you. God is walking with you. He is working even through the pain and difficulties of your life for your good. (Romans 8:28) He is on your side.

Hold fast to the truth that God’s purposes are perfect and greater than our own plans. Remind yourself that God has a purpose and it is good.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

And when you feel like you’re floundering, remember, our ultimate purpose here on earth is to glorify God. Praise Him and then do the next right thing while He works the rest out.

Further Encouragement: Proverbs 3:5, Philippians 1:6, Colossians 3:23

Jo Anderson
Jo Anderson is blessed with five children who keep her busy and frequently smiling. Her family lives in rural Virginia where cows are her closest neighbors. Her desire is to build a home where the mundane turns to memorable and the momentary becomes eternal. She writes at Lasting Thumbprints where she encourages parents to build strong families, create memories, and homeschool with joy. She enjoys laughing, a good cup of tea, spending time outside, and empty laundry baskets.
Posted on: November 30, 2017, by : Jo Anderson