Step #1: Lectio / Read
Click the link below or open your Bible to the passage and read through the reading at least once, paying attention to what is happening in the text.
Step #2: Meditatio / Meditate
Use the following meditation to help you reflect more deeply on the Scripture (you may want to read the passage again).
God thinks He's so funny sometimes. He'll take the "perfectly good" plans I have for my life and wreck them...
When I was little I used to volunteer at a veterinary clinic because I wanted to work with animals when I grew up. Later I got really involved in theatre and thought I might be an actor one day. Then I fell in love with graphing calculators and spreadsheets, so I started college majoring in computer science. My desire to help others led me to pursue a bachelor's degree in sociology instead, and then a master's degree in social work. I took yet another turn and eventually became a youth minister. Then He took this spoiled only child who never had to share anything in his life, and gave him a wife and five children... and one bathroom. You want to talk about sharing? Not that long ago my wife got me a new toothbrush because they used mine to clean the bathroom.
"The LORD brings to nought the plans of nations;
he foils the designs of peoples." (Psalm 33:10)
But I can honestly say that I'm living the dream. No thanks to me, of course, but thanks entirely to the God who has a plan for me.
Sometimes when we hear that "God has a plan for you," we imagine He's a divine being with a cosmic jigsaw puzzle, and He regards us indifferently as mere puzzle pieces. But God has meticulously and lovingly crafted His plan for your life. It's personal, intimate, custom-fitted just for you, and it will bring you joy and peace like you can't imagine.
His plan for you is straight from His heart. What a gift when the Lord ruins our plans and replaces them with His own!
"But the plan of the LORD stands forever;
the design of his heart, through all generations." (Psalm 33:11)
It's not just some big jigsaw puzzle. He's not indifferent about us. His plan for you is "the design of His heart." When you accept the Lord's plan for you life, you unite yourself to the heart of God. Following His will is the direct route to His heart and to your happiness.
And He's been planning it "through all generations," since before you ever existed. It "stands forever," so His plan for you stretches into eternity. It's more than just the classes you take, the degree you attempt to earn, or the stuff you try to accomplish.
It's your salvation.
His ultimate plan for you has little to do with your accomplishments, and everything to do with His love and mercy saving your heart and soul for all eternity. Why do we fight that plan so often? Let's open up and let the Lord's plan for our lives play out instead of our own!
Step #3: Oratio / Pray
These questions are to be used to talk to God; have a conversation with the Lord about these questions and what is going on in your heart as you pray today.
What plans of yours does the Lord want to wreck today?
How could your own plans for your life be holding you back from the amazing things God has in store for you?
How can we learn to trust God with our future?
Step #4: Contemplatio / Contemplate
In this step, you listen. Stop talking, let God speak to your heart. You may repeat one of these short phrases to focus your mind on the Lord.
"Here I am Lord."
"Jesus I trust in You."
"You are good."
Step #5: Actio / Act
In light of today's reading and your time spent in prayer with the Lord, what concrete action or actions will you take to let this encounter with the Lord bear fruit in you today?
Stop planning and start trusting. Live for God and your life will be way more fulfilling. Find a spiritual director and begin to listen to the Lord's plans instead of just telling Him yours.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Dan Wolff, High School Youth Minister at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Crystal Lake, IL.