For I know the plans I have made for you, says the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11

Do you sometimes feel like your path in life as a dead-end, or perhaps your goals are inside but you’re on a detour? We need to keep in mind that God has a unique plan for each and every one of us. We were created with a purpose, purpose far greater than we can ever comprehend. In fact, we tend to set our sights much lower, and settle for far less, then what God has planned for us.

When bad things happen we tend to lose sight of God’s plan. The crisis we are in becomes our plan. We then spend our time and energy, and focus working on the crisis plan. Being in the crisis becomes our life. It becomes who we are. We look at the crisis as our life’s final destination, instead of a detour from something far greater.

Thankfully God never stops calling us back to his plan often times we ignore this, and as a result, life becomes much more difficult than it has to be. If you find that you lack a sense of peace, that life has become a never ending struggle, and you seem to be going in circles not getting anywhere. This is the time we need to step back, more than likely, you are working your plan, instead of Gods. The struggle and the heart ache are indicators that you were working against God, not with him.

Daily prayer, routine confession, quiet time and adoration, are great ways to tune in to the Holy Spirit and allow him to get you back on track. We all need a “spiritual realignment” from time-to-time as life, our fears, and our free will, have a way of pulling us off track.

Remember, God has a great plan for you, a plan filled with promise, peace, and joy. Living that plan may not always be easy, but not living it is sure to lead you to a dead end.

Jeff Bates