Many are the plans in the mind of a man,
but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand.
God has a way of changing things up. When we think we're about to zig...God will often say "It's time to zag". We can be prayed up and walking with God and yet the plans in our mind can be thrown a curve ball, or even a sharp turn.
There are a few things we need to know:
1. God loves us enough to not show us the full picture. Often God will set us on a path knowing that we might not even take the trip if we knew all that was coming our way. It could be tangled, tough and even more rewarding than we first imagined. Set out anyhow. God's purposes stand the test of time.
2. Zigs and zags are all a part of God's plan to keep us walking in utter dependence. It doesn't mean we missed his calling or direction, it just means that how we get there is a little different than we imagined. Every zig and every zag is just another way for God to keep us in conversation with him and on our knees.
3. It's the journey with our friend (God) that is as important as the prize or destination. We can't be so concerned about the moves we're making that we forget who we're traveling with. Psalm 23 was written for the living, not the dying. No matter how many twists, turns or dips our path takes, we're taking them with God. The journey matters because God is with us.
Whatever your path today listen to the Lord. Stay sensitive to the Spirit as he shuts one door and opens another. After every zig and zag we will look back and be able to say "I'm standing with God". Our plans may need to shift but that's how we find strength in the storms of life.