Proverbs 19:21 Many are the plans in a person's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails.
I always tell this story because it so perfectly epitomizes the fragility in our human efforts and God’s omnipotence in His purpose. During my last year of college, I was applying to a job I wanted SO badly. I prepared like never before and got through three grueling interviews, finally making it to the very last one where I would be interviewed by a panel alongside other candidates. I usually never feel confident about my performance, but that day I knew I was the best in that whole group. I had worked so hard and was ready to go wherever they sent me, even if that meant going across the country away from my family and away from this guy I had just started dating. I had been waiting a few days to hear back from them, and then finally, on March 20th— my birthday— I got the email I had been waiting for: “Thank you for you interest in...We are sorry to inform you that...”
As you can imagine, I was distraught. I sat right there at a university cafe and cried.
It didn’t make sense. I had worked so hard, prayed so much, and yet, there I was completely rejected. Many were my plans, but God’s plan— as disheartening as it seemed to me at the time— prevailed. Well, praise Jesus that it did because that guy I mentioned earlier was Kenneth! Had my plan prevailed, I probably wouldn’t have continued dating Kenneth. I wouldn’t have married him. There would be no Alex. In short, all that I love most, would be absent from my life. But praise God that His word is true, that His promises stand, and that His purpose prevails above ours. If you’re in a situation where you’ve been rejected or feel God hasn’t heard your prayers, take heart, friend! God is working it all out for you - 3 hours ago