I went to one of my favorite coffee shops the other day to do some writing and to get breakfast. When I got to the place, they asked me if I was dining in. I said I was and much to my surprise they said that on weekends if you are eating by yourself you can’t eat in the main room because they get very busy and they reserve the seats for bigger parties. They told me I could take a seat in the lounge and sit on the cozy couch. I wanted to be in the room I am usually in so I wasn’t happy. I know the lady tried to make the lounge sound like a great place to be but in my heart I wasn’t having it.
I did comply and sat on the couch and as I sat down, I heard on the inside “Remember I always have better for you. Trust Me.” The lounge was indeed very comfortable and I loved it. It is now my favorite place to be when I go to the coffee shop. What happened illustrated how God always have something better for us. We can be used to a certain routine that He wants to change up for good reasons. What He has to offer is not always appealing but if we trust Him and we go with it, we will find out that His choice is better than ours.
You have probably read passages in the Bible about God’s plans for our lives. He has a plan for all of us. Now, you can see it as one plan with many parts or a series of plans for our lives. He is interested in every part of our lives so He has plans for every part of our lives. We can embrace the plans or we can reject them. On a small scale, His plan for me that morning was to find out about the lounge space and enjoy a new experience that has become my new normal at that coffee shop. It allowed me to see that the main room was too noisy and not as comfy even though it was nice. Now, I could have decided to walk out of the coffee shop and go somewhere else because of the frustration I was feeling.
I think we get to a point where we don’t understand that God has a better option and we walk out. We walk out and we decide to go our own way. We miss out on something better. God always has the best option and when we stay open to His suggestions, we open ourselves to what’s best. How do we know what God’s will is? In general we can find a great outline in the Bible. When it comes to smaller matters or to more detailed areas of our lives, we can trust the Holy Spirit and we can trust that if we pray for His will to be done, it will be done. The key is to pray to God and thank Him that His plan is always the best. Then we just need to walk in that truth and believe that His plans are unfolding in our lives.
I didn’t like how it felt to be turned down by the wait staff at the coffee shop. It felt like a slap in the face. I was tired and things got to me more easily. There was no reason to be frustrated and to be upset but my emotions and feelings tried to get the best of me. I thank God that I didn’t follow their lead and I just accepted the alternate spot I was given. Once again this is just an illustration. I am by no means comparing the waiters to God. When God gives us a better option, it can be very subtle and we have to go with our faith and trust Him. He doesn’t always plainly explain what His plan is and that is why we need faith. However, when we have blind faith in Him, everything works out for the best and we end up in a better place from where we started off. God is not the only One who has options for our lives.
The enemy has many options and they are all very bad. Some can seem more appealing than others and they often don’t appear to be negative at first. The only way we can avoid them is by praying for discernment and staying in faith like I said before. When you find yourself having to make a decision, put it all in God’s hands. Give Him free rein to provide His best option for you. Dear friend, God always has a better option. It’s coming. Keep trusting Him! May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!
Suggested reading: Jeremiah 29:11; Proverbs 16:9; Romans 8:28