Sometimes, I have a bunch of crazy dreams and aspirations.
Let me rephrase that.
Always, every day, I have new and insane plans and aspirations.
I’m a dreamer. I want to see things happen. I’m a little crazy. Or a lotta crazy.
I want to do so much.
When I was young, people would ask me, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” And I would always answer with a shy shrug, and reply with, “I don’t know. I want to be a mommy and I can’t figure out anything else.”
Now, I’m almost exactly the opposite.
“So, what are you planning on doing with your life?”
“That’s a great question. I’d like to get a degree in English, so that I can write, proofread, and edit, but perhaps I’d like to get a job at a publishing company, or start my own.
“Music has always been a part of me, so there’s always that. And acting and filmmaking has always captured my interest. I’d love to make a movie, and be in one. Or two. Or three. Or more.
“I’d also like to be a wife and momma, adopt some kids if God allows, and homeschool ‘em all.
“I really wanted to go to the Olympics for gymnastics when I was ten, but I didn’t go far enough with it.
“Or perhaps I’d like to be involved in vocational ministry. A youth speaker. And maybe I want to just be an author, write a dozen books, and go that route.
“I’d like to travel the world, learn another language (or get better at Spanish) and go on some short-term missions trips to South America.”
This is making me really upset right now. Right this moment, yes, though I’m talking about in general.
And rightfully so, I think.
Because I don’t have my life figured out. If it were up to me, I’d be married by twenty-two, with a novel-worthy love story, living in a little apartment, with everything painted white. I’d have a job during the day that I was in love with, and I would write books and blog posts in the evenings and early mornings.
Then, at twenty-five, I’d have a few kids. I’d stay home and homeschool them, and work part-time if I could.
But I’m crazy.
For all I know, I could be single until I’m thirty. I could have a job that I don’t like, and have never written any books. I could still have my teeny and messy beach-themed bedroom at my parents’ house until I marry.
I could still have this little corner of the internet called a blog and ramble about my life on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
I really don’t know, and that upsets me sometimes.
I don’t have all the answers.
Life is crazy and overwhelming.
I have so much more life to live, and I want to do it all right now.
And I can’t. I’m fifteen. I can’t drive, or marry right now, or get a full-time job, or raise children, or live on my own, or anything like that.
It’s a waiting game.
So I’m trying my best to learn a little lesson here.
God’s ways are not my ways, and His thoughts aren’t my thoughts.
His plans are the best ones for me. Not mine. His.
I don’t know what life will bring, but I do know this. God is in control. He has my life laid out, and knows exactly what will happen.
He knows who I’m going to marry. What I’m going to “be when I grow up”.
He knows my thoughts. He knows me, because He is my Creator.
He loves my soul, and has only the best in mind for me.
He wants me to rely on Him because He knows I can’t do life on my own.
And like I was saying a minute ago, I get really upset by this sometimes. I feel like crying…a lot. But actually, I think that’s a good thing.
It’s so important to see that we can’t accomplish life’s craziness on our own. It’s okay to cry…because life is insane, and stressful, and overwhelming, and difficult. And I’m mortal, and naïve, and stupid sometimes, and inexperienced, and impatient, and messy.
But the God who is immortal, and all-knowing, and possesses all wisdom, and is patient and created life itself knows me.
He knows me.
And He loves me.
Through my weakness, and flaws, and broken humanity, I am treasured, and held in the palm of the hand of the One who is control of it all.
I am His child.
I have crazy plans, and a crazy life, and I get overwhelmed easily. I don’t know what I’m going to do with my life, or how I’m going to handle hardships.
But I’m not in control, and I can’t pretend that I am.
My life belongs to God. I’m never going to be qualified to handle life on my own.
But I’m a daughter of the One who hold my life.
Here and now, I submit my life to the one that treasures it. I relinquish my plans to the Lover of my soul. I surrender my dreams to the One that gave them to me in the first place. I give up my control to the Author of space and time; the One who holds it all.
I rest in the embrace of the One who pens my story.
He has figured out my life for me…and I will never EVER be alone.
The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind.
6 Replies to “It’s A [Crazy] Wonderful Life”
This was so good!
I can completely sympathize with you about having too many life plans…I’m the exact same way. “Well…I want to get married and be a homeschooling mom, but first I want a double degree in English and dance, so I can teach at a school and open my own ballet school. I also want to write books, run a blog, do inspirational speaking, and write worship music to put on YouTube. Do you think I’m crazy yet?”
I have to try to remember that God will interrupt my plans for His and I need to trust that His are better.
I totally feel ya. Life is…unpredictable and crazy, but He’s in control! 🙂
Wow great post Amanda! I’ve always wanted to act in a movie or make one, I did act in one 3 years when I was 12 with some friends! I have starting to make a few funny videos with my brothers! I also always wanted to write a book, I did write a book a few years it had about 13 chapters but less than 10 thousands words! Oh a I wrote a short story last year! If I had my way I would be married by the time I was 20 if I could find the right girl! Oh and I would’t want my walls painted white!
Thanks Nathan! Haha! You sure sound like you have an interesting life. 🙂 Cool!
I relate to this so much. I have so many different (sometimes conflicting) plans for my life, but I don’t know that any of them line up with God’s. I want to control my life, because then there won’t be surprises, but I keep learning that I have to just trust God. He knows what’s best, even if I haven’t a clue. It’s so hard not knowing what’s going to happen, but God knows, and that has to be enough.
I totally get you! (And our crazy-planning conversations partially prompted me to write this post, actually.) And you are so right. It’s definitely hard, and it seems like we’re walking blindly at some points, but we are on the side of Strength. 🙂 He is in control, and has it all planned out, and all we must do is trust and follow.