A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord determines his steps. (Proverbs 16:9)
My college application was going to be perfect: four years on the soccer team, section editor of the school newspaper, at least one year as an ASB commissioner, and of course, a buffet of classes that included honors and AP’s in English, history and the sciences.
Sadly, my plans were derailed when I found out I was cut from the school soccer team my sophomore year. “NOOO! Not only is this completely embarrassing, but my plan to conquer the world has been completely dashed.” I sat on my bed in tears, thinking about how I was going to face my friends on the team. What was I supposed to do now? No longer playing a sport, I had to enroll in the required P.E. class and run those lame laps around the track. During those days in P.E., I got to know an upperclassman who was the news editor on our school paper. She started talking to me about the possibility of applying for the newspaper so that she could groom me to take over her position.
I loved being around the people on the school paper. I’m sure many of my high school classmates would have categorized me as a nerd, but when I was with the students on the paper, I felt like a clueless girl chewing on her bubble gum while they were talking about current issues of the day that were above-the-fold. I fell in love with being a reporter and interviewing so many different people and listening to their stories.
Before my senior year, I ran for a leadership position for the second time. Lost, yet again. But this time, my reaction was completely different from the time I was kicked off the soccer team. I was sharing my thoughts and feelings with God and felt such a sense of joy because I was experiencing this loss with Him. I finally understood that I wasn’t in control of my perfect resume, whatever that’s supposed to be. He’s the one who determines my steps. I wasn’t going to be on ASB my senior year, but I ended up on the newspaper and saying yes to opportunities I never thought I would. And what did I end up doing later? I became a print journalism and American studies double major at a university I’m proud to call my alma mater. God has a far better journey planned for you than you have for yourself. Enjoy the ride!
- What’s your picture of perfection for your life? Are you willing to surrender that picture to God, and ask Him to do whatever he wants with it? If not, why not?
- Think about a recent disappointment or loss you’ve had. Pray an honest prayer and tell God how you felt about it.
- Take a moment to reflect on Proverbs 16:9. Commit your plans to him.
About the Author
Joanna Wu serves as the chief editor of Presence Possibilities, and an editor on the communications team for RE:NEW. She’s currently studying at the Talbot School of Theology at Biola University, pursuing a M.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies. She previously worked for a public relations firm and continues to work as a consultant on projects assisting companies and organizations with communication and media campaigns.
About the Artist
Shirley Lu is a devoted Christian committed to living her life for God. She serves at church as a nursery helper, worship leader, and youth group leader. She believes she would not be anywhere in life without the mercy of God and thanks Jesus everyday for saving her. Shirley enjoys playing sports, listening to music, and going on adventures. She hopes to have a career helping people in the future.