My husband and I were looking back recently, thinking about how decisions we made affected the whole trajectory of our lives. We could have married other people, and ended up living in different places. We could have married sooner, while he was in the army. In that case, he might have remained in the military. He could have continued in graduate school and become a college professor instead of stopping after his Master’s degree to take a business position. I could have gotten my Master’s in Library Science and become a librarian instead of a buyers. We could have had children sooner, or not at all. And so it goes. Do we regret those roads not taken? Would they have turned out better in some way for us? Who knows? For the most part we are satisfied that we have enjoyed a long marriage, raised children, had careers and served God.
Planning is certainly good, but we have to realize that life takes us to unexpected places. We can map out where we want to go, but there is no guarantee that we will get there or that the timing will work out the way we imagine. There is simply too much uncertainty. The Bible tells us:
“Proverbs 19:21 21Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.”
God has a plan for us. Yes, we can mess up and get lost for a while. We can take wrong turns and have to head back. However, if we’re paying attention to God’s leading and seeking His Will, we will eventually end up in the right spot. The spot He wanted for us all along.