Our plans must fail

“Sometimes our plans must fail so God’s plans for us may succeed.”

I’ve thought of this often over the years, and even with tears in my eyes and aches in my heart I’ve whispered it as I let go of the things I thought mattered most.

I’ve repeated it, knowing that His plans are always the best, and that His time is the only perfect time.

How often we may understand a little of His plan, only to rush His time, selfishly bringing pain and needless sorrows to others and ourselves at some point to mar the beauty of the good thing that He was doing.

I’ve held the promise of His plan, held it in my heart as I gather up the glimmerings of hope for tomorrow, and stored in my heart the gifts that He gives- these tiny blessings that bring joy and make my heart full of thankfulness.

And I thought of it again today as I looked into the face of my best friend, my husband. My heart’s best gift.

I never could have begun to imagine that the failure of my plans would mean the fulfillment of my dreams.

Tomorrow, next week, a month from now or a year… my plans may all fail again. It might hurt a little or a lot. But His plans are perfect plans. The only ones I want to succeed.



  1. Abigail says

    This reminds me of a quote from Elisabeth Elliot that has encouraged me a great deal over the years: “God only says ‘no’ in order that He may, in a way far greater and more wonderful than we can imagine, say ‘yes’.” (paraphrased)

    What a joy it is to be able to trust His loving wisdom!

    • Chantel says

      Beautiful thought! I believe I may have read the quote that you paraphrased- definitely an encouragement to trust Him to do all things well.

  2. says

    I’m so glad you shared this. It’s something that needs to really sink deep within my spirit. I tend to get anxious about my plans, when I really need to just let go of 99% of them anyway. :)

  3. says

    I especially love this part of this post: “I never could have begun to imagine that the failure of my plans would mean the fulfillment of my dreams.” That has been so true in my own life! MY PLAN was to be married this past August and then to Texas for missionary school and then Papua New Guinea. GODS PLAN was to use my Dad to break off that courtship and then bring my soon to be husband into my life a mere 2 weeks later. GOD IS SO AMAZING! And so often I worry and try to make things work my way when in reality HIS WAYS ARE SO MUCH BETTER!

  4. Lydia says

    Chantel, I think this post just about made me cry! Literally…. Those words are so true! Thank you so much for writing that!

    p.s. I just saw this blog of yours for the first time. You had a link up on FB. :)

  5. says

    Hi, I am visiting from Gypsy Mama. Thanks for the post. It was lovely. How difficult it is to rest in that truth, that our plans must fail and that there is beauty in the failure b/c His plans are perfect.

  6. says

    As a control nut, I needed to read this….everyday. Despite my best laid plans, they fail…everyday. So grateful for God’s mercy and grace and the fact that His plans are truly the best.

    • Chantel says

      Yes! I believe that God has allowed some of my huge-plan-failed moments in my life to teach me this truth. And it is beautiful, even when it hurts. :) Thank you for stopping by!

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