When God’s Plan and Your Plan Don’t Match

Hey everyone! This is the second post in my series on my faith, the first of which you can find by clicking here. 🙂 Today’s topic is one that everyone can relate to, because we’ve all experienced it- when your plan and God’s plan don’t match up.


Recently in my life I went through something that propelled me to write this post. It was my inspiration for this and really got me thinking about God’s plan. That’s something I’ve always wondered about, as I think most Christians do at some point in their faith life.

What is it? Does God have a room full of billions of maps up in heaven, each one with one of our names on it, showing our path in life? It’s impossible for me to answer these questions, but I can share my own experience and hope that it helps someone else.

I have been a dancer for twelve years. Recently I tried out for a drill team. It was a difficult process that put a lot of stress on me. I worked really hard all through tryout week and dealt with the nerves and angst that always go along with any kind of tryout. At tryouts I did my very best and I knew that I had done all I could.

Later that night, when we got results, I learned that it wasn’t enough. I was so sad, and I cried for a long time. I didn’t understand what I could have done to make it besides my best, and it just made me so upset to think that no matter how hard I had tried, it didn’t matter. I just wasn’t good enough to be on the team. It is always difficult to swallow something like that.

Over the course of the next twenty-four hours, I talked to a lot of people. My sister, my mom, people who had made the team, people who had been helping me. And almost everyone said the same thing.

This happened for a reason. It was part of God’s plan that you didn’t make it.

When I first heard this I did not react well. I think my exact words were, “That’s not true. God wouldn’t make me this sad.” That was how I felt in the moment, but I can now see that God’s plan is much bigger than that.

I can’t explain His plan. I can’t make sense of it, I can’t untangle its mysteries, and I can’t find anyone who can. However, I can apply it to my life.

I don’t know what God’s reasons were for me not making the team. But I do know what Jeremiah 29:11 says, and I bet you do too.

11 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.

God has a beautiful and bright future planned for you.♥

My experience made me figure out, quick, how to deal with feeling like my plan had been trampled on and thrown to the side. I am by no means an expert on this, but now I’m going to do my best to give you a few ways to deal with letting go of your own plan and following God’s instead. Honestly speaking, this is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.


There is a hotline that runs from your head to God’s. You can think and God will hear you. To me that is the craziest wonder of life and I will never get over the fact that when I pray in my head God. is. listening.

You don’t run out of prayers. You are not limited. You can pray anytime you want about anything. In this particular situation, here are a few things that I would consider praying about.

  • Strength to let go of your plan.
  • Acceptance of God’s plan.
  • Belief that God’s plan is the right one, and that you put your full trust in Him.
  • Understanding that we can’t always comprehend His plan.


As I said earlier, after I didn’t make the team, I talked to a lot of people. The best conversation I had was with my sister. After I talked with her, I felt ready to accept what had happened in my life and embrace whatever was coming next.

A few suggestions for who to talk to–

  • A parent, or the parent figure in your life
  • Your sibling (the older the wiser…just kidding!)
  • A minister
  • Trusted adult from school or church

Even though whoever you talk to probably isn’t going to understand what’s happening any more than you do, it is truly a great way to deal with whatever it is you are dealing with.


Whether you do it in your head or on paper, this is an amazing way to see the good in God’s plan.

Let’s take my example. After I recovered from the sadness of not making the team and I had accepted it, I made a mental list (though I think putting pen to paper would be better). The list was titled Good Things That Come Out of Not Being on Drill Team. Some were more funny, like I don’t have to wake up at 5:30 am. Some were more serious, like I will have less stress in my life this upcoming school year.

Each time I made another mental bullet point, I continually felt better. I started to see that so many good things were coming out of this. The idea of God’s plan became crisper and crisper in my mind and I could see the puzzle pieces of this-happened-for-many-reasons falling into place.

Look Ahead

From my experience, the most important part to dealing with realizing that God’s plan is better is to look ahead.

Maybe my life isn’t mapped out somewhere up in heaven. Maybe it’s like a board game- the roll of a die determines what happens next. Or it could be set in stone, and I’m stepping into it blindfolded.

Whatever the case, it doesn’t matter. What does matter is that I look to the future. I concentrate on what is it come, instead of what has happened. I know that my God- my loving, wonderful, beautiful God- is with me every step of the way and that He will not let me fall.

Being humans, we have doubts. We think that we know better- but the truth is, we don’t. Just because we believe something should happen doesn’t mean it will. It is hard to accept that we can’t always be right- but God can. Handing over the reins and saying, “Jesus, take the wheel!” is the best thing we can do in our lives.

I sincerely hope that this has helped someone, somewhere. I also hope that I managed to get my point across. 😉 I am thankful that I had the experience I did so I could share it with you and maybe even help you.♥ I would love to discuss this with you further in the comments, so don’t hesitate to ask questions or just tell me what you think. See you there!


P.S. Thank you for everyone who liked/commented on my last Christian based post! The response was overwhelming for my tiny little blog, and it meant a lot. 🙂

P.P.S. Do you guys like my new blog header?

17 thoughts on “When God’s Plan and Your Plan Don’t Match

  1. Your new header is adorable, Olivia! I really love your Christian-based posts. 🙂

    I know exactly where you’re coming from. Last summer, my family and I were in search of a new house. (We had moved away from my childhood home.) We fell in love with two houses and felt that they were the perfect locations and homes for us, but unfortunately deals with buying the houses fell through. We were heartbroken. But as it turned out, the house we ended up moving into was even better – and, to confirm even further God’s plan, our neighbors (who have kids both me and my sister’s age) told us they prayed for a Christian family with kids to move in next door! So even though we were heartbroken and disappointed and couldn’t understand why the beautiful houses we so loved didn’t work out… God was busy answering not only our prayers, but our neighbors’ too! 🙂

    That was long, but I just wanted to share my story too. As humans, we can only see the smaller picture, but God has such a bigger one in mind. I think situations like ours strengthens our faith in the end. ❤

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    • Thank you so much, Emily! I’ve been loving writing posts about my faith.😊

      I’m sorry you had to go through that experience, but I’m glad that, in the end, everything worked out for you and your family (and your neighbors!). I agree- things like this do make our faith stronger. Thank you for sharing!

      As a side note, when I read the last sentence of your second paragraph, I imagined God busily writing a map called “Answered Prayers.”..and now I have that Garth Brooks song stuck in my head. Haha!😉


  2. I enjoyed this sharing, Olivia! 🙂 Very practical and applicable. And one of the wonderful things about casting all our cares upon God in prayer is that He grants us His peace to go through our circumstances ❤

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  3. Very insightful post, Olivia. I encourage you also to seek God’s direction before you take big steps in life. And there will be many. God, should I take this job? Lord, is he right for me? Father, can we afford this dream house right now? God, do I need that car? I ask for Him to come to me in dreams and visions, and then to confirm it every way He can. It works, He gives me a lot of dreams that are guidance. It’s how I named all my children. I said, “Lord, you know this person inside me in a way that I can’t. You know who they are and what their name is. Tell it to me.” And sure enough, He did. Even when my second husband didn’t believe me, when God gave me the name, my husband said, “That’s the name.” All of my children are like their name meanings and they all know they were named by God. They like their names and it made them feel special. I have Benjamin David, Noah Matthew, Jayna Grace Noel, Zachary Wyatt, and Emily Katherine. Aren’t they beautiful? I can see you doing the same thing one day, And I encourage you to seek Him in everything!!

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    • Thank you so much! 🙂 Thank you for the advice, too. Seeking Him in all situations is the best way to go.
      That is so amazing about the names of your children! They are beautiful names.❤️ A few of my most favorite names ever are in there- Matthew, Benjamin, Katherine.
      Thank you for reading, and for your comment!

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  4. Hey Liv? I was re-reading this post and I wanted to say that I don’t think there’s a road map for your life in Heaven, but it’s not a roll of the dice, either. God has a perfect plan for you, but the bad things that happen to us, are not all His decision. God says that “rain falls on the righteous and the unrighteous.” Meaning, bad things happen to good people as well as bad. Sometimes things just happen. Sometimes we make a choice that puts us out of God’s will, but the good news is, from that point, God’s plan may change. For example, it is never in God’s plan for a young girl to be abused or attacked, but God’s new plan for that girl is that she will go on and live her life and be happy again. He has good things in store for her, but again she must seek His path and make decisions to stay the course, no matter the “rain” in your life. He knows what will happen and what decisions we will make, but it is not road mapped out so that we have no choice but to follow. He allows us free will. For example (I’m sorry for the long post.), when I ask my child to do something, I pretty much know how they will respond to the request. I have a plan for them, even if I know they are not going to comply, I have a backup plan. Sometimes they go the other direction, but it doesn’t change the overall goal I have for them. God wants things for us, but I think the details are sometimes left up to us. We forget that He has given the Earth to the enemy as his realm until Jesus comes back. I’m not saying that God didn’t plan all good things for you, but sometimes losing the contests is just old-fashioned not fair. Sometimes we do our best and lose anyway, but God can rework any situation out into a perfect plan for you. I want you to know that God trusts you to make the right decisions to stay in His plan for you, but when the bad things happen, don’t blame God (I don’t think you do, but the bigger the deal, the easier it is to blame Him), do your best to make the next right step. Stay on the path, my dear, and you will never lose.

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