Aligning myself with God’s plan


By Jessica Brodie

It happened every time I’d go for a run—no matter how much I warmed up before or stretched after, a day or two later, I’d have a pulled muscle.

X-rays showed the culprit: one of my hips was stacked higher than the other. I had a crooked gait.

I started going to the chiropractor, and eventually, my body was transformed into alignment. For the first time, I felt like I was walking—and running, and standing, and sitting—properly. What a great feeling!

Being “in alignment” has so many health benefits, I’ve since discovered. Alignment impacts everything from my immune system to whether my back or feet ache after a long day.

But it’s not only physical, not only our bodies that need to be in alignment. Sometimes, our hearts and minds are not in proper alignment… with the Lord.

See, God has a divine plan. The Alpha and Omega, Beginning and End, Creator of the Universe and Almighty Father of All knows this plan, even when we (His children) don’t. We can discern His plan in a number of ways, from prayer to reading the Bible to worship and meditation, but the bottom line is this: God doesn’t bend to our plan. We bend to God’s plan.

However, sometimes our plans and agendas take priority. We think we know best, or we’re too caught up in our busy lives and fleshly desires to think about (or even notice) God’s plan.

We get out of alignment with God, and problems begin—just like the pulled muscles and sore back I experienced thanks to my out-of-sync body.

Proverbs 3:5-7 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil” (NIV).

God’s plan must be our plan. We must bend to our heavenly Father—not the other way around.

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