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Life Happens or Is There a Plan...

By Didymus McHugh, Correspondent | October 01, 2019 | NATIONAL

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Much of society goes through life and they think that life happens to them. Is it that way, or is there rhyme and reason behind things?

I have said it many times that if you want to make God laugh, tell Him the plans that you have for your life.

Life happens as we are making plans for our lives. Many times, we may be young and full of ambition and know that we want to take the world by storm. God chuckles. Do you really think that people were growing up as children and said that they wanted to be drug addicts? No, I cannot imagine anyone who thought "Hey, when I grow up, I want to put a needle in my arm and almost die." Harsh reality.

We start out where we plan that when we finish high school, we may plan to be an engineer, computer programmer, stock broker, firefighter, law enforcement officer, or what have you. But then reality happens. You get brought down a road that you may never have expected. A relative may have died. You may have received an interesting medical diagnosis. Your finances may not be what you have expected. So, you need to take different paths in life.

Jeremiah 29:11 states "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah was a prophet who was around about 600 years before Christ and he wrote about his life and his struggles.

But I digress, we have things that hit us in the face and we cannot make sense of it. We may never connect all the dots, but we just need to have patience and we will see why things in our lives happen. You may not like where you are now and the things that are happening to you, but I want you to get a journal and write it down. When you go back to the journals years from now, your troubles may not seem so big because over the years, you have learned to conquer the challenges. You may see that there was an event in your life that has prepared you for work that God has set for you.

I have a good friend who performed with top recording artists, and even performed at Carnegie Hall. He has a substance abuse challenge. He had to fight this. It did not disappear overnight. Now the individual performs all around the country and has helped countless people get into rehab, and brought so many people to Christ. Do you think that the individual would have even been able to dream about the work that they are doing now? No, the individual thought that they were going to spend their life behind bars.

How many bad calls have you seen? How many nights were you up because a call kept replaying in your head? How many fights did you get into with family members because they could not understand what you were going through, or your pain? But later in life you decide to help other people so they do not have to be alone.

God has a way of taking things that were made for evil and turns it into good, for His purpose. We may not be able to even conceive what good can come out of what we consider a disaster in our life, like a child dying so young. Maybe the parent becomes an advocate for children, or helps parents with their situations.

So many of us become heroes because of what we have gone through. Many of us do not even consider ourselves as heroes.

What can you do with the pain that you have dealt with, or that you are dealing with? There are many places in the Bible that tells us that we are supposed to be looking out for the orphans and widows. Many people who do God's work, and are willing to serve as the hands of God, could never have seen that coming. But God saw it coming. From before you were even conceived by your mother, God had a plan for your life.

Just be willing to trust God with your life. It may not be something that you are ready for yet, but just review your life. You will see that God has been at work in your life. You may not be able to see it now, but later you may.

He has a special plan for your life because you are very special to Him. You may not have spoken to God in years. You may have turned your back on Him, or do not even think that He exists. That's okay, God is patient and He believes in you. He is here for you. He will never leave nor forsake you.

Take comfort. God has a plan for your life, even if you do not see it.

Stay safe,
Didymus McHugh

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.