You Don’t Have a Universe

It’s Friday and time for another link-up with the Gypsy Mama.  Friday is a time “when we write for 5 minutes not worrying if everything is just right.”  If you would like to join in the fun CLICK HERE.

This week’s prompt:  Opportunity

After the king (David) was settled in his palace and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies around him,he said to Nathan the prophet, “Here I am, living in a house of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent.” Nathan replied to the king, “Whatever you have in mind, go ahead and do it, for the Lord is with you.” But that night the word of the Lord came to Nathan saying…

When your (David’s)days are over and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, your own flesh and blood,and I will establish his kingdom. He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.
(2 Samuel 7:1-4, 12-13)

Have you ever thought you had good plan?  Have you ever thought you had an opportunity to do something big?  But then, God comes along and tells you it’s not His plan.  God makes it clear to you that the time is not right or that you are not the person he desires to use for the job.

Sometimes I’m guilty of running ahead of God.  I see an opportunity, conditions look good, and I move forward.  However, if our movements don’t fit into God’s plan than it doesn’t matter how good the opportunity looked in the first place.

One of my favorite quotes from Francis Chan sums this idea up well. “You might think you have a good plan…but you don’t have a universe!”

Opportunities are great.  But,God’s plan is best.

In case you missed it, I released my very first short e-Book this week!  You can download it for free here: A Mistake Maker’s Manifesto & More

6 thoughts on “You Don’t Have a Universe

  1. Kristine McGuire

    Great post! Oh how I can relate. So MANY times I’ve tried to jump feet first into an opportunity without making sure it was truly part of God’s plan. Love the pic and quote by Francis Chan. 🙂

    1. Eileen Post author

      Yes, but I’m thankful, in hindsight, that my plans didn’t always come to fruition!


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