Shannon Dittemore



This morning while lying in bed, listening to my children roar at one another from their separate sides of the room, God spoke.

To me.

He does this from time to time and I’m so very grateful.

And humbled.

Wanna know what He said?

Just four little words.

“I have a plan.”

That’s it. That’s all He said. See, God’s not into flowery talk. He knew what I needed to hear. And these four little words completed the puzzle my mind’s been grinding away at for the past couple weeks. And while I’ve been feeling a bit distant from my hopes and dreams–distant even from Him–God knew that the hitch in my spirit has been a lack of faith. Not that I didn’t believe, but that I’m so very human and I forget.

I forget that God has a plan. I forget that I’m part of the plan. That my life–my successes and failures–have a purpose. I get all caught up in logistics and the “how to” and the “what next,” that I neglect to sit at Christ’s feet and listen to Him, to His heart. To His plan.

And I’ll be honest, God having a “plan” doesn’t mean life’s going to be easy.

After all, God had a plan for Jeremiah. You remember Jeremiah? The “weeping prophet.” The guy who was called to prophecy destruction to God’s chosen nation. The guy God said this to, “Do not be terrified by them, or I will terrify you before them.” Yeah. God had a plan for Him.

God had a plan for Job. Ah, Job. We sing about Him on Sundays. “Blessed be your name on the road marked with suffering.” Job: The guy who lost absolutely everything. The guy God allowed Satan to attack. Uh huh. Say what you will, but Job’s suffering was part of God’s plan too.

Christians pray against plans like these in our prayer meetings.

And while I won’t try to convince you (or myself) that my daily life includes persecution like the kind Jeremiah suffered, or Job’s brand of unearned tragedy, my spirit, dependent upon the same God they served, learns from the courage they brandished.

There’s comfort in knowing I’m right in the thick of it. Right in the center of God’s plan and purpose for my life. It may be hard. It may not make any sense, but the minute God whispered, “I have a plan,” the pieces fell into place. The masterpiece God’s creating of me and my life is not complete, but I have this assurance: God has a plan.

You know what’s funny? My first response to his quiet reminder was to sit up and begin to scratch out my own plan. “Okay, God,” I said, “you have a plan! Woot! So, here’s what I’m gonna need you to do.”


You ever try to tell God what His plan should look like?

After laughing at me (cause God likes to laugh), He brought verse after verse to remembrance.

Matthew 6 says this about our worries: Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.

In all our anxiety, we must not toil or spin.

Matthew 6 also says this: Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you.

God and His kingdom come first. That’s a BIG part of the plan. No wonder suffering has a place. No wonder pain and endurance have value. The plan isn’t all about me.

And, one of my favorite verses, Philippians 4 says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Take your requests to God with a thankful heart. Prayer! What a novel thought!

So, if you’re like me, and you often forget that God has a plan, I’m here to remind you, just as the Holy Spirit reminded me: God has a plan. And if you’re seeking God, if you’re aiming for Him, you’re not going to miss it. Don’t buy into that kind of lie. We serve a big, sovereign God. A God who thinks His plan is awfully important. So, stop worrying! Be of good cheer!

God has a plan.

And you are a part of it!



  • Comment by Savannah — July 21, 2010 @ 11:22 am

    Wow, that totally spoke to me truly. I will not deny that I too forget that God has a plan, bigger that I can ever imagine. I get so caught up with whats going on, that I forget. I’m glad that you reminded me today. I too also have a lack of faith and began to worry,… a lot. And I know that recently God reached out to me as well showing me things in my heart that needed to be worked on. I’m not perfect and make plenty of mistakes. But I am glad that it is God running the show and not me. I’m glad to be reminded that God has something in store for me, better that what I have for myself. Thank you for reminding me. I will sure pray about this tonight.

  • Comment by Lacey — July 21, 2010 @ 12:22 pm

    I love when I am reminded that God has a plan for me and even better he uses it all for good! Most days I forget this fact. Glad he spoke this to you! I’m thankful He reminds us! He is so good!

  • Comment by Lori Stanley Roeleveld — July 21, 2010 @ 5:58 pm

    Thank you for this. I remember complaining to God once about my son that he woke up every morning with a plan for his day and it was never my plan. I recall God laughing at me, then, too, as He mentioned that He had the same problem with one of His kids – ME! Wonderful post, Shannon.

  • Comment by Karen — July 22, 2010 @ 10:14 am

    Thanks Shan… often those of us with “control” issues (lol) freak when all the details are not in their proper boxes… God has a plan… wonderful… I’ll try to not get out my boxes…

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