“Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand.” Proverbs 19:21 ESV
Like most people, my husband and I try to plan everything. We have a budget to plan our money, a calendar to plan our days, and a list to plan what we’ll eat. Where we fail is when we don’t give our plans to God and wait for His approval. Sometimes He approves things, but then He shows us that we need to change those plans to follow Him.
Unfortunately, we don’t know if His plan is for us to move into our cottage. We have prayed, we’ve had others pray for us, and we just don’t feel like we have a definitive answer. We’re praying for guidance because we don’t feel that He wants us to stay in this big, metal can anymore either. Or we’re hoping he doesn’t because the utilities are expensive. We have made big cuts (no dishwasher, we turned the hot water heater down, and we hang our clothes on a clothesline) and our electric bill is still the same as someone who lives in a 3,000 square foot house with three HVAC units, a washer/dryer, and two hot water heaters running on high.
“Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit” – yet you do not know what tomorrow wil bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that. As it is, you boast in arrogance. All such boasting is evil.” James 4:13-16 ESV
So, we will pray for guidance and see what Jesus has in store for us. I know that it will be far better than anything we can plan for ourselves. We are also praying for the person who buys Berry Cottage, if that’s what He wants, and we hope that it blesses them abundantly. My husband thinks that maybe God gave it to us and allowed us to make some repairs because the next person may not have the money or ability to do them. Only God knows and that’s okay.
If you are looking for guidance, trust in the Lord and wait. He will lead you in the way that you should go. He knows the plans that He has for you.
“”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.”” Jeremiah 29:11