Is God Changing Your Plans?

“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it’s the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” – Proverbs 19:21

If you would have asked me in college what my plans were, I would have said something like this: I was going to graduate with a business degree, obtain a prestigious corporate job, meet a nice guy, get married, buy a house, have kids, and somewhere in the middle of all of this climb the corporate ladder to a 6-figure salary. I had big plans for my life! And in every way, I was headed in that direction. After college, I obtained a job with a prestigious accounting firm that would eventually set me up to live out my plan.

I worked tirelessly pursuing what I thought was God’s plan for my life. And I loved it – I loved the people, I loved feeling important, I loved the perks of working in corporate (the travel and the nice salary) – I loved it! Until about year 2, when the Lord began really pulling at my heart. Helping me to realize that maybe my plans were not in fact the plans He had for me.

Sometimes, we hold on to our plans for so long that we don’t even realize they are just that – OUR plans, not His plans! And it will wreck our whole world to know that the plans we’ve been holding on to are not what God has for us. And to follow Him, we have to let them go!

So how do you know when God is changing your plans to His plans? You will probably experience one, if not all, of these 4 things:

  • Discomfort. The things that you used to love and find comfort in are suddenly uncomfortable. For me, I started out loving my job and all the perks it had to offer. But then the long hours began wearing on me. I wondered if the long nights were worth the time I spent away from family and friends. If making a 6-figure salary one day was worth losing my soul. I found myself spending less and less time in church and reading my Word. The things that brought me comfort (job security and a nice salary) now brought me discomfort (sleepless nights and a lackluster relationship with the Lord). If a job, relationship, or whatever else starts to bring you discomfort, it may be the Lord wanting to remove it from your life!
  • Not being able to see ahead. We are visionaries – always looking forward to what’s ahead. At one time I was able to see myself as a corporate executive, and then I couldn’t even see myself being there for another month. If you used to see yourself getting a promotion and being ecstatic and now you can’t, something is wrong! If you were able to see ahead and hope for the things to come, but now all you see are bleak and dreary days – maybe it’s because there’s no future there. And God is trying to get you to see that!
  • God opens a door only He can open. When I began to feel that discomfort, I wanted so badly to find another corporate job. I went on interviews, networked with professionals, and sent out countless résumés – to no avail! I didn’t receive another job until I stopped looking. I had briefly mentioned to a friend that at one time I wanted to be a high school math teacher, but instead I chased a business career. A few weeks later, my friend who worked at a high school was sitting in a meeting where they were discussing needing to find a substitute math teacher. Within two weeks, I left my corporate job and became that high school math teacher! God opened a door only He could! I wasn’t trying to push open the door – I wasn’t even looking for it. But He opened it anyway.
  • His plan requires you to lean on Him. Walking through the door He opened required me to lean on Him. I left that job and that salary that made me comfortable for a 50% pay cut to become a substitute teacher. I had to lean on the Lord to provide all my needs, not only financially, but mentally, emotionally, and spiritually as I stepped into the world of teaching, which was foreign to me. I had no teaching experience. And if you know anything about being a first-time teacher – the word “difficult” is an understatement. But the Lord saw me through that substitute position and into a new career in teaching. He opened the door only He could open and once I walked through, I could only lean on Him.

If you find yourself uncomfortable when you used to be comfortable, unable to see ahead, or presented with a door that only He could open and it’s going to require you to lean on Him… God very well may be changing your plans!

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  1. Rita says:

    So true, well written. We come to a place when we have to lean only on Him..but in His plans, we are the safest.

    1. Alisha Blue says:

      “… but His plans, we are the safest.”
      Amen to that!

  2. Chelsea says:

    WOW! This was an awesome read! God changed my plans as well! I went to school to be a licensed counselor but God took me thru substitute teaching, marriage, kids and teaching while attending graduate school. Then only to open the door to school counseling. Very related fields but different concentrations. I give God the glory!!

    1. Alisha Blue says:

      Wow! Girl, He really did change those plans. That’s really cool how the Lord took you into school counseling. We could always use more believers working in the schools, especially dealing with the kids one on one as a counselor!

  3. Thank you for sharing! I’m finding myself in a season of change and needed this reminder.

    1. Alisha Blue says:

      Thanks for reading! ❤

  4. I love this post! I went through the same thing in college and then again about 7 years ago. It’s hard to let go but we do have to trust God and His plan for us. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Alisha Blue says:

      Yes, so hard to let go! But one of the best things we could ever do!

  5. Helen Brown says:

    While I agree with everything you have said here I also know from my own experience that sometimes it works the other way. We have plans that we can look forward and we can be sure that they are part of God’s long-term plan for us but sometimes to strengthen our faith we have to go through all the things you describe and still know in our heads that we are where God wants us. To try and explain better, I have a vision of a long-term plan to travel, speak and sell my books, however, God is saying not yet. He has me on the edge of a wilderness which I really don’t want to go through, as I have been there once before. When I told God that I really didn’t want to do this again, His reply was: “You have to go through this to get to where I want you.” I know that when I reach the other side the prize will be much greater than I can imagine but in the meantime, I am feeling all the things that you are saying relate to not being where I should be.

    1. Alisha Blue says:

      I agree! At that time in my life I was coming to grips with letting go of MY plans and accepting the plans God had for me. Now, I feel just as you do. As if God has something so much greater – big plans for the future – but before I get there I have to go through some things! God can sometimes tell us “not yet!” And exactly like you said, “you have to go through this to get where I want you” even though we may not want to go through it.

      Blessings in whatever big plans that God may have for you! Keep pushing and pursuing His plans and eventually you will get there!

      Thank you for reading! <3

  6. Jill says:

    Great insights on sensing when God is moving us in a different direction. I wrote on a similar topic of letting go this last week too. Blessings as you continue to seek Him in all you do!

    1. Alisha Blue says:

      Oh, wow, I will have to check out that blog soon!
      Thank you for reading!

  7. It is so nice to read how you let God lead you in your life. So often we fall victim and conform to the patterns of this world…a vicious cycle of fame and money. But true peace comes when we follow the path that God wants us to take. I’m so glad that you are trusting Him.

  8. I thoroughly enjoy how you let God lead you in your life. I find in today’s world we often fall victim to conforming to the patterns of this world. We seek fame and fortune over God ‘s calling and when we do so we find that we are not satisfy and unhappy. A there is so much truth when Jesus tells us “Peace I leave with you; my peacemaking I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives…”

    1. Alisha Blue says:

      So true, Lillian! It’s so easy to fall into the trap of chasing the things of the world. Just glad that God helped me realized I was chasing all the wrong things and invited me to be apart of HIS plans!

      Thank you reading! ❤

  9. Lynn says:

    So many times!
    God often uses discomfort to move me.
    Great post, thanks for writing.

    1. Alisha Blue says:

      Glad you enjoyed! 😊

  10. Sare says:

    His plans are always bigger and better than mine. I really wish I’d remember that before I held onto my own plans.

    1. Alisha Blue says:

      Praise God it’s never too late to start following His plans! 😁

  11. Ann says:

    Sometimes, we hold on to our plans for so long that we don’t even realize they are just that – OUR plans, not His plans! And it will wreck our whole world to know that the plans we’ve been holding on to are not what God has for us. And to follow Him, we have to let them go!

    This came as a confirmation to me.. Thanks for the post!

    1. Alisha Blue says:

      So glad to know the Lord spoke to you through this post!

  12. Yolanda says:

    Thank you for sharing this. I’m so happy you were able to find something that makes you happy. God is amazing!

    1. Alisha Blue says:

      He is! ❤
      Thanks for reading!

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    1. Alisha Blue says:

      Thank you for sharing this post! 😊

  14. Esther says:

    Great post! I’ve been through this process a few times. Actually, I am in the transition period now. Not always fun but I know without a doubt His leading is best. He opens doors that no man can shut AND He shuts doors no man can open. Blessings!!

    1. Alisha Blue says:

      The transition period can be tough one, but a great place for the Lord to really move in your life! In that time, you can’t do anything, but trust Him.

      Keep moving towards the things He has for you! And best of luck where He is leading you!

  15. Joy says:

    Omg I so needed to read this. It’s what I needed for what I’m going through right now.

    1. Alisha Blue says:

      Will praise God! Glad it’s what you needed – God changing your plans can be such an interesting this!

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