Our plans and dreams
"In his heart a man plans his course — but the LORD determines his steps." Proverbs 16:9
"Many are the plans in a man's heart — but it is the LORD's purpose which prevails." Proverbs 19:21
There are few entirely unbroken lives in this world; there are few men who fulfill their own hopes and plans, without thwarting or interruption at some point. Now and then, there is one who in early youth marks out a course for himself — and then moves straight on in it to its goal.
But most people's lives turn out very different from their own early dreams. Many find at the close of their life, that in scarcely one particular, have they realized their own life-dreams; at every point God has simply set aside their plans — and substituted His own. There are some people whose plans are so completely thwarted, that their story is most pathetic. Yet we have but to follow it through to the end, to see that the broken life was better and more effective, than if their own plans had been carried out.
"We know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose!" Romans 8:28