When God Changes Your Plans

Isn’t God funny sometimes? Let me tell you about how I planned out my life, and God blessed me with something even greater.

 Ever since I was a little girl, I had the dream of becoming a singer. I loved to sing, and I wanted to do it for the rest of my life. I had dreamt of graduating high school and immediately entering the business. I remember telling my family that I refused to fall in love, because  I wanted my career so badly. When I was in high school, I never wanted to go to college. I thought, after I graduated, I would become a singer and college would be irrelevant. My senior year, I felt so much pressure. I didn’t know what I wanted my life to look like after high school, and I felt pressured to make a decision I didn’t even have to make yet.

My mom got a job at Biola University and would come home telling me stories about it. I never wanted to go to college, so I would always turn her down. However, God is so cool, because those stories actually started intriguing me. I wanted to know more about this school, and about college. Still in my senior year, I decided to go to spring preview day at Biola, spend the night in a dorm and go visit some classes. That was it; I was hooked. I felt so included, so loved and valued and I felt God’s presence everywhere I went. I loved Biola, and I wanted in. So, my senior year, I applied to get in and I was rejected. I didn’t get in and I didn’t understand it. I was mad at God, and I thought, “I didn’t even want to go to college, and now that I found one, I am rejected?” What is happening. I was confused, and hurt and I didn’t know what to do.

When I graduated, my dad took my family and I on a vacation I got to choose; I chose Tennessee. Growing up listening to country music, I loved Tennessee and wanted to become a country singer myself. So, while we were there, I thought I had figured out what  I wanted my life to look like. On our last night, I was crying outside our hotel room, because I didn’t want to leave a place that had meant to much to me. My mom told me that I should look for colleges out here, and maybe I could get into one. I choose Belmont University. If you haven’t heard of it, it is a Christian college located in Nashville, and it specializes in music, which was exactly what I wanted. Anyway, in February of the following year my parents and I flew out there to tour the campus. I was in love. The music program was exceptional, and the campus was breathtaking. I thought this was it, and I was ready settle in my new home. I wanted to be a songwriting major, and even record songs of my own. I thought there would be no better place to actively pursue my two favorite things; writing and singing. However, when I came back home, the excitement started to wear off, and I actually became very anxious. I didn’t know what decision to make. I didn’t even know if I wanted to be a singer anymore, and I lost my love for Tennessee. I had become very fond of writing and I wanted to pursue that. I had already sent in my application, but I didn’t feel right about it anymore.

In April, 2015, I decided to open up my Biola application again, and see if I could get in. They looked at my new grades from my community college, and saw great improvement. Not only did I get into Biola University, but I got an academic scholarship! My mind was blown, and I was the happiest. I couldn’t believe at what God had done. I would be transferring to Biola University in the fall of 2016. I had to wait a year and a half for this, but it was more than worth it. I had no idea what God was doing from 2014 to 2016, but I knew he was always present and at work. Now, I am an English major, and I have found my calling and I am so passionate about it.

If I had gone to Tennessee, I wouldn’t have gone to Myanmar last December, or work for She Leads Daily magazine, or have this blog,  or be a student teacher or be apart of my young adults group at church etc. Point is, God knows what he is doing. Sometimes I have absolutely no idea what God is doing. I thought my life would be in Tennessee, instead God blessed me with so many opportunities and people along the way and I am in California. My life is richly blessed, and it is all because God is leading me and guiding me.  But God, has always lead me in the right direction. So, let God change your plans, honestly his are so much greater than ours anyway.

So if you are wondering what God is doing, let me just tell you to be patient. I know, sometimes it is so hard, but if you just wait, God can give you something even greater than what you had initially thought you wanted. I hope this story gives you hope. God is always at work, and he wants to bless you. Give God your plans, in exchange for his. They are always so much better than we can even imagine. I am so blessed by Biola. The friends I have made, lessons learned and opportunities that have come about still blow my mind. When God changes your plans, it is always better.

 

IF God has already done this for you, I'd love to hear. shoot me an email, or post a comment!:)