Devotion Behind Design (Isaiah 40:31)

“This isn’t what I imagined.”

Have you ever had this thought? I can remember about three years ago, as I sat alone in an apartment in Florida, thinking this exact same thing. All my life I have loved basketball and I found great purpose in playing it. When my playing days ended at Marshall University though, I felt pretty empty inside and didn’t know what the next chapter of my life would be. And so, to try and fill the void, I accepted an opportunity to continue playing basketball in Florida. However, when I got there, all I felt was even MORE empty as I was now over 900 miles away from home and still without true purpose. It was in this Floridian apartment though where my life began to change. Here, God opened my eyes and helped me to see my true reason for existence. It was even in this apartment where God first inspired me to create DIVINEPLAN. As I look back at what I thought was the worst time of my life, I now see it as the most important time. Through it all–the sleepless nights, the emptiness, the struggle–God had a divine plan and He was working things together in ways that I could never have imagined. All I had to do was trust Him and seek His will for my life.

Like me, I know all of you have had moments where you think “this isn’t what I pictured.” Some of you may be in this cycle of thinking right now. Maybe you envisioned a relationship working and it fell through. Maybe you had dreams about doing something special and it didn’t pan out. Maybe you are facing a health issue that you never saw coming. Whatever the case may be, my advice to you is to seek and trust God. In doing so, you will find renewed strength and the ability to make the best of your situation, regardless of the circumstances. 

Scripture to meditate upon:

“But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31, NLT)

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” (Proverbs 3:5-6, NLT)