Participants: Mike Lemon (Host)
Series Code: HDL
Program Code: HDL000003
00:38 Hello, and welcome to "Help in Daily Living."
00:40 Today we're gonna be looking at how God's plans
00:42 for our lives are the best plans.
00:45 You know, when I was younger, I wasn't sure
00:46 what I wanted to do with my life.
00:47 I was kind of ambitious, but I knew there were two things
00:50 that I really didn't want to do.
00:52 One of them was, I never wanted to go to Africa
00:54 and the second one was I never wanted to become a preacher.
00:58 And God in His wisdom directed the path of my life,
01:01 so I ended up spending 15 years of my life in Africa.
01:04 And while I was there, I was working
01:07 as a teacher and a preacher.
01:09 And so when I look back on it, I can say,
01:13 well, was I disappointed?
01:14 No of course I wasn't, because God's plans
01:17 for my life were the best plans.
01:19 Sometimes when we are disappointed,
01:22 we look back on the, the hopes and the dreams
01:25 and the prayers that we had.
01:27 And we think, wow that was disappointing
01:29 but really some of those disappointment
01:31 turn out to be some of our greatest blessings,
01:34 because God's plans for our lives are the best plans.
01:37 Before we begin looking at this topic, I'm gonna ask,
01:39 Rachel to lead us in a word of prayer.
01:43 Dear Heavenly Father, Lord, thank you so much
01:46 that You care about our future
01:47 and that You have a plan for each of our lives.
01:49 Lord, they're not-- Your plans are always exactly
01:52 what we're expecting or what we maybe
01:54 thinking will be the best for us.
01:56 But I know that Your plans will ultimately
01:58 make us the happiest.
02:00 Please come and be with us now as we explore
02:02 what those plans are, love You in your name. Amen.
02:09 Sometimes, life just does not turnout the way we plan.
02:14 I remember once about five or six years ago.
02:17 My school was planning to go skiing and I absolutely loved
02:20 going skiing with my friends.
02:22 I was so excited and eagerly waiting for the day.
02:25 But then just a few days before the trip, I got sick.
02:30 I was almost better by the time we were supposed to go.
02:33 But my parents told me,
02:34 I should stay home and rest instead.
02:37 I was so utterly disappointed.
02:39 All my friends were going to be out there
02:40 in the snow without me.
02:42 And I have been planning on being there with them.
02:45 But there are things in life that are far more importance
02:49 than a mere skiing trip.
02:51 Imagine as soon to be bride who was eagerly looking forward
02:55 to marrying a man she loves with her whole heart.
02:58 All the plans are made
03:00 and the preparation is nearly complete.
03:03 But then suddenly her fiancé gets killed
03:06 in the tragic car accident.
03:08 The mounting excitement plummets as her hopes
03:11 and dreams are dashed to the ground.
03:15 Perhaps you have even made plans about relationships
03:18 where to go to school, what career to pursue,
03:21 what projects to accomplish.
03:24 Perhaps you've even made plans to do great things for God.
03:29 But our plans are not always God's plans.
03:33 When our plans fail we need to remember
03:35 that God's plans are best,
03:37 because He knows what is best for us.
03:40 Whether we're at peace
03:42 or when sorrow seem to wash over us,
03:44 whatever we're like, we can in faith look to God and say,
03:49 it is well with my soul.
04:12 When peace, like a river, attendeth my way
04:26 When sorrows like sea billows roll
04:42 Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say
04:55 It is well, it is well with my soul
05:20 My sin, oh, the joy of this glorious thought
05:34 My sin, not in part but the whole
05:47 Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more
06:00 Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul
06:15 It is well, it is well with my soul, with my soul
06:29 It is well, it is well, with my soul
06:41 And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight
06:56 The clouds be rolled back as a scroll
07:10 The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend
07:22 Even so, it is well with my soul
07:36 It is well, it is well, with my soul, with my soul
07:51 It is well, it is well, with my soul
08:03 It is well, with my soul
08:39 A few months ago as I was talking
08:40 to one of my friend in the dorm.
08:42 He started telling me about his doubt in prayer.
08:46 And he said that it was seemingly ignorant
08:48 for people to believe in prayer, because you know,
08:52 the answers always seem to hinge on chance.
08:55 He said that to pray for circumstance or crest
08:57 would either come about naturally
08:59 or never even happen at all.
09:01 And he said that, like for instance
09:04 if someone pray for snow, and there is snow week later,
09:07 he would praise God that you know,
09:09 his prayer was answered.
09:11 But the snow would've come
09:12 whether or not he had pray for it.
09:15 And you know, I was kind of confused about this.
09:19 Well, I really didn't know what to say,
09:21 because I'd wondered about it too.
09:24 And it wasn't till week later
09:26 that I found this quote in Help in Daily Living.
09:29 And it says, "In the future life the mysteries
09:32 that here have annoyed and disappointed us
09:34 will be made plain.
09:35 We shall see that our seemingly unanswered prayers
09:38 and disappointed hopes have been among
09:40 our greatest blessings." Amen.
09:43 And then it was then that I realized how close minded
09:45 we were being, because we didn't have the faith
09:48 to grasp something that didn't have immediate
09:50 or obvious result, you know, I can't see the future.
09:55 But I know that one day I'll be able to see how God
09:58 used my seemingly unanswered prayers
10:00 to bring about His role in my life.
10:02 Yeah, Anna, have you ever had a, experience
10:05 where your immediate answers to prayers
10:09 were not exactly the way you expected to be.
10:12 I have, when I was going to ninth grade, my family started
10:16 looking around for a place for me to, go to academy
10:20 because I've been home school all my life.
10:21 And so we were looking around and we finally found
10:24 one on the East Coast that look like
10:25 it was going to be a good fit.
10:26 And me and my older brother were applied and were excepted
10:30 and so we were planning to go there.
10:32 The only problem was, my family was a living in Montana
10:34 and this is in East Coast and they didn't want to send us
10:37 all the way across the country to go to school.
10:40 And so we prayed and asked God, we put house in the market
10:43 and we said, it sells by a certain date,
10:45 then we know that were suppose to go.
10:47 And I was so excited because I want to go to school
10:49 and make friends and I always just show sure
10:52 that it was God's plan.
10:53 And so when I prayed and asking for the house to sell,
10:56 it wasn't I didn't have--there was no question in my mind
10:59 that I would, but the date came and went and our house
11:02 didn't sell and I was devastating
11:04 because I just had expected that,
11:07 this was God's will for me.
11:08 And I didn't figure out the answer right away
11:12 and that year I ended up staying home and--
11:15 home schooling, so I'm going to another school a little bit.
11:18 But it just wasn't really I--it just wasn't what I had
11:21 wanted for myself and what I thought
11:22 that God had wanted for me.
11:24 And then it end up that my tenth grade year,
11:25 I was able to come to Fountainview Academy.
11:27 And looking back of all the things I've been
11:30 able to learn here and all the experiences
11:32 that I had and how God
11:33 was really able to reach me when I was here.
11:36 I just know that I had been praying for something
11:39 that wasn't God's will for me even know I thought
11:41 it was and God was able to use those circumstances
11:45 and turn them into something better
11:47 that I didn't even know existed
11:48 and it remind me of the quote that says,
11:50 "Our plan often fail, that God's plans for us may succeed."
11:53 Wow, that's encouraging, praise the Lord.
11:59 I take, O cross, thy shadow for my abiding place.
12:02 The words of this hymn remind me of an experience
12:04 that happened to me a few years ago.
12:06 I was surrounded by paramedics
12:08 and was slowly lifted into a helicopter.
12:11 I've taken a nasty crash on my bike
12:13 and now I would spend the consequences.
12:16 Suffering from a concussion and a slight brain hemorrhage,
12:19 I was in a lot of pain. It was only a miracle
12:22 that I did not break any bones, let alone survive.
12:25 I've made the mistake of jumping my bike unprepared.
12:29 And God still pulled through and saved my life
12:32 despite my mistake.
12:35 It is at the cross we experience healing,
12:37 protection and rescuing from all our falls.
12:41 We have made a lot of mistakes, yet on the cross
12:44 God pulled through and saved us.
12:47 On earth we live in a weary land,
12:49 searching for a place of refuge.
12:51 It is beneath the cross of Jesus
12:54 that we can find refuge from all our trials.
13:21 Beneath the cross of Jesus I fain would take my stand
13:34 The shadow of a mighty rock within a weary land
13:47 A home within the wilderness, a rest upon the way
14:01 From the burning of the noontide heat
14:08 and the burden of the day
14:52 I take, O cross, thy shadow for my abiding place
15:06 I ask no other sunshine than the sunshine of His face
15:18 Content to let the world go by to know no gain or loss
15:32 My sinful self my only shame, my glory all the cross
16:19 Sometimes we will make plans for ourselves,
16:21 God says no, and but He counterbalances it,
16:25 He replaces it with something better.
16:29 Rachel, can you relate to that?
16:31 Yeah, well, when I was at home this past summer for break.
16:35 I started thinking about what I wanted to do after graduation
16:39 and like with the rest of my life.
16:41 And I was thinking about it and talking with my parents
16:43 and my best friend about it.
16:45 And my best friend and I came up with this whole plan
16:48 of we're gonna live in town together in rented apartment
16:50 and we go to community college together.
16:52 And then I can go home on weekends
16:54 and spend time with my folks,
16:55 because I live little ways out of town.
16:57 And talk to my parents about it and they were cool
17:00 with it and everything seem to be falling in its place.
17:03 And so I've thought great and then I came back
17:06 to Fountainview for my senior year, thinking
17:07 I had basically everything all figured it out.
17:11 I did, all except I hadn't take a major yet,
17:13 and I didn't really know where,
17:15 like what I want to take in college.
17:17 So I started praying about that.
17:19 So like God, help me figure that out before grad.
17:22 And within time it took to be praying for that,
17:26 God started hinting out me through
17:28 just different circumstances and things
17:30 that maybe He had little bit of a different plan
17:33 than what I had made with my friend.
17:35 And so I started praying okay,
17:38 then what do you want me to do,
17:39 if you don't want me to go home.
17:41 And little by little just door started opening up
17:43 and things were lining up and God showed me a different way
17:47 He wanted me to go, that was an option
17:49 that I didn't even consider before like where I'd go,
17:53 where I should go for college.
17:55 And it was kind of exciting on one hand
17:59 because I was seeing all these awesome, straight forward
18:01 answer to prayers and things just falling in place.
18:04 But I was also really kind of confused and just annoyed
18:09 with it sort of because I had made so many
18:11 awesome plans with my friends and family.
18:13 And I've been in Fountainview for four years
18:15 and so I don't see my family very often.
18:17 And I was really looking forward to spending time with them.
18:20 And so I was kind of mad at God for taking that way
18:23 because I'd be going away to college now
18:25 and so I was frustrated with that.
18:27 And anyways one night, when I was thinking about it,
18:30 one of the other girls gave worship in the dorm
18:32 and she was reading out Help in Daily Living
18:34 and something here she read caught my attention.
18:37 And so is that, "Our plans are not always God's plans.
18:40 He may see that it is best for us
18:42 and for His cause to refuse our very best intentions.
18:46 But if He sees it best not to grant their desires
18:50 He will counterbalance the refusal by giving them tokens
18:52 of His love and entrusting to them another service."
18:55 And that really caught my attention 'cause I was thinking
18:59 God, you know, you've definitely denied some plans
19:03 and taking some things away from me
19:05 that I really care about, but I don't see anything better
19:08 like I don't see any tokens of love
19:10 that are counterbalancing when He is taking away for me.
19:13 I'm just kind of thinking you know,
19:14 God what's up with that? Yeah.
19:16 And, anyways later on evening I forgot about it,
19:19 until during study hall, I mean, I was--out in the lobby
19:22 doing my homework and one of the deans came up to me
19:25 staring and she asked me,
19:27 "Rachel, do you have any use for a doll."
19:29 And I thought that was really random, I'm like doll,
19:33 what are you taking about?
19:34 You're teenager, would you like a doll.
19:36 Well, when I was very little, I always wanted
19:41 to have a personal doll.
19:42 And I'd never really told anybody about it.
19:45 I mean, just I just always wanted one,
19:46 I never asked for one yes,
19:48 I was too embarrassed or something.
19:50 But anyway so when she told about it I was really excited
19:52 and I guess one of the staff ladies were getting rid of it.
19:55 And so she asked me if I wanted it, I said yeah,
19:58 I want it and I was so excited.
20:01 I took it out of this box and took it downstairs
20:03 to my room and just put it up on the window cell.
20:05 And I was just so excited and I just sat down
20:07 on the bed looking at it and then my mind went back
20:10 to what I was thinking during worship.
20:12 And I don't know, I realize like getting a doll for me
20:16 was kind of like getting a promise from God
20:18 sort of that it is shown me that God knows
20:21 myself better than I do.
20:23 And like I'd never told anybody that I wanted the doll.
20:26 But if He can see like something that small
20:28 that would make me happy
20:29 and go out of his way to make it happen.
20:31 Like, he cares about such little things like
20:34 how much more is He gonna have like fill a bigger things
20:38 like how much more as He is gonna, have a plan
20:41 that will ultimately make me happiest. Amen, amen.
20:44 That's really a cool story how God really cares
20:47 about the little details in our lives.
20:49 And gave you that promise and every time
20:51 you look at that doll you can say, I can trust Him,
20:54 because He wants me to be happy.
20:58 When I walk through life,
21:00 it's not always sunshine and blue skies.
21:02 Often times my future looks dark with trails
21:06 and I feel trapped in circumstances
21:07 that I can't control.
21:09 Once when I was feeling really down
21:11 I came across this prayer.
21:13 Lord, help me to do my best, teach me to do better work,
21:17 give me energy and cheerfulness.
21:19 Call me to bring into my service
21:21 the loving ministry of the savior.
21:23 The words spokes my heart and in faith
21:26 I pray this prayer for myself.
21:29 God heard my prayer and He turned
21:31 my dark trials into lessons.
21:33 He took bad situations and He turned them into good ones.
21:37 All the energy and cheerfulness
21:38 that I needed was given to me.
21:42 I know it doesn't always workout that way,
21:45 you may struggle with the same trail for years
21:47 in spite of earnest prayer, I've done that too.
21:51 But don't get discouraged,
21:53 God will provide you with everything you need
21:55 to keep on the sunny side of life.
21:59 There's a dark and a troubled side of life
22:03 There's a bright and a sunny side, too
22:07 Tho' we meet with the darkness and strife
22:11 The sunny side we also may view
22:15 Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side
22:19 Keep on the sunny side of life
22:22 It will help us every day, it will brighten all the way
22:26 If we keep on the sunny side of life
22:29 Tho' the storm in its fury break today
22:35 Crushing hopes that we cherished so dear
22:40 Storm and cloud will in time pass away
22:45 The sun again will shine bright and clear
22:52 Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side
22:55 Keep on the sunny side of life
22:58 It will help us every day, it will brighten all the way
23:02 If we keep on the sunny side of life
23:06 Let us greet with a song of hope each day
23:10 Tho' the moments be cloudy or fair
23:14 Let us trust in our Savior always
23:18 Who keepeth everyone in His care
23:22 Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side
23:26 Keep on the sunny side of life
23:30 It will help us every day, it will brighten all the way
23:33 If we keep on the sunny side of life
23:37 Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side
23:41 Keep on the sunny side of life
23:45 It will help us every day, it will brighten all the way
23:48 If we keep on the sunny side of life
23:57 You know, we all know, that God does not
23:59 bring evil into our lives.
24:01 He doesn't cause tragedies,
24:02 we know the enemy is doing that and sometimes
24:05 he uses other people to get into our lives.
24:07 And we see in the case of Job, where it wasn't God
24:11 that was brining the evil, but God allowed Satan to do that.
24:15 And all this tragedies happened in Job's life
24:18 but it ended up to be a best ending, you know,
24:23 when you come to the end of the story.
24:24 And you see that the Job
24:26 was even doubly blessed afterwards.
24:28 So in your life Megan, what if someone
24:31 told to you that you had cancer
24:33 wouldn't that be a, I mean terrible tragedy,
24:36 would you to be able to trust God?
24:38 Well, that actually happened to me when I was 12.
24:41 I had a really bad pain in my right leg
24:44 and we went into the doctor to find out what it was.
24:48 And if the pain was so bad, that I couldn't even walk,
24:52 so he knew it had to be something
24:54 different than growing pain.
24:56 And the doctor did several x-rays and he said well,
25:00 there is a large blacked hole in the middle of your bone.
25:04 And we don't know what it is, but we're going to do
25:06 an MRI next week and well, do some test
25:09 and figure out what it is.
25:10 And so we decided to leave it in God's hands
25:14 and see if maybe He would heal me
25:16 from this and the doctors would
25:18 see that its God's hand that healed me.
25:21 And we had an anointing service with the elders
25:25 and after that the pain was completely gone,
25:27 I was able to walk just fine without any pain.
25:30 Praise God. And, and so after that I thought well,
25:35 you know, definitely God has healed me
25:37 and the pain has gone,
25:39 so that means a spot must be gone too.
25:42 And so when I had the MRI we found
25:44 that the spot was still there. Wow.
25:45 I didn't understand why, I thought you know,
25:49 here I had faith in God that He would heal me
25:51 and I didn't understand why, He wouldn't do that,
25:54 because He want to exercise His power
25:56 and yet it was still there.
26:00 And after that I was sent to a cancer ward,
26:04 because the doctors thought that I must have cancer,
26:07 send to a large hospital with all cancer patients.
26:10 And they did surgery on me and took out the spot
26:16 and filled it with sea coral to strengthen the bone,
26:18 so it wouldn't break.
26:20 And the doctor said well, congratulations
26:24 there is no cancer and it's benign
26:26 and you can go home and you will be fine after this,
26:28 we'll just keep checking to make sure
26:30 that there is no more cancer that comes back.
26:32 And I know that, God allowed me to go through that,
26:36 because I was able to sit in the waiting room
26:39 and pass out books through the, through the people
26:42 there and the doctors and nurses.
26:44 And I was able to witness my faith in God.
26:48 And God strengthen me through this,
26:50 through this experience.
26:52 And I know that, it was the--it's a greatest blessing
26:55 that's ever happened to me in my life.
26:57 And God healed me over a process not right away,
27:01 but through the process of time
27:03 and I wouldn't have had it any other way.
27:05 And through that process of time,
27:07 He's strengthened your faith and through you.
27:09 He strengthened the faith of others. Yeah.
27:11 They can see that you've really trusted God
27:14 and He came through. That's right.
27:17 Amen. Wesley, I'm gonna ask you
27:19 to close with the word of prayer. Sure.
27:22 Dear God, I just want to thank you so much for you know,
27:26 being there and leading in our lives.
27:28 And I pray that if we can't see Your hand
27:31 or if we are going to some trail or distress
27:33 and faith that You are there for us.
27:35 And I just want to thank you so much
27:37 for all that You do in our lives,
27:39 in Jesus name, amen. Amen, amen.
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