God Is The Master Planner

By Elise Daly Parker

Last week, we gathered in our High School Moms in Prayer group and we praised God for being
our Master Planner. God “has the
perfect program or method worked out beforehand.”
According to the Word (paraphrased):
“…no purpose of His can be thwarted.” Job
42:2

“… in
perfect faithfulness He has done wonderful things, things planned long ago.” Isaiah
25:1
“…what He
has planned, that He will do.” Isaiah
46:10-11
“For He
knows the plans He has for us….” Jeremiah
29:11
Several of
us have high school juniors and seniors, two tough and stressful years for our
children…and for us parents too. Junior year, kids are warned this is a
critical year in determining what’s next. And senior year, many teens are vying
against heavy competition for their space in college, vocational schools, or a
shaky job market. (This year the greatest number of female applicants ever are applying to college.)
We’ve cried
out in our uncertainty, for direction and peace despite the pressure. We’ve
thanked God for the stamina to get through what can be a grueling transition
process.
So we welcomed our time of praising God,
the Master Planner. We sighed in relief, reminded that God is in control
.
Especially
as college acceptances and rejections roll in, we prayed God would,
“Show my
child, (Name),Your ways, O Lord, teach her/him Your paths; guide my child in
Your truth and teach (Name), for you are God and Savior, and his/her hope is in
You all day long.” Psalm 25:4-5
We ended our Moms
in Prayer time confident that God hears our prayers.
I was on
pins and needles as the next few days everywhere, in the supermarket, coffee
shop, even church, the conversations focused on who was getting into what
college. I knew one of my daughter’s college letters or packets was due in the
mail on Monday, the day we meet for Moms in Prayer.
I literally
woke up Monday morning praying and wondering if the news would be good. And I
even prayed that my sweet Moms in Prayer
sisters would be there when the mailman arrived. I knew they could either
celebrate good news with me or encourage me if the news was disappointing.
We were just
about to get started…and I was feeling a bit antsy, when I saw the familiar
mailman’s cap outside the window. I hurriedly went to the door. And there were
not one, but two acceptance packets! I burst into tears, my Moms in Prayer friends cheered and joined in the
excitement, and I sent a quick text off to my daughter. “You might want to come
home at lunchtime…”
We managed
to get through our prayer hour. And my awesome friends actually waited around
for a few minutes, hoping to catch my daughter as she came home and discovered
the good news.
Sure enough,
within minutes, my daughter came through the door. I handed her the packets.
She was thrilled and genuinely surprised at the very good news, as my wonderful
Moms in Prayer moms joined in our
joy and took a few quick pictures.
I am so
thankful for the amazing fellowship I experience in my Moms in Prayer group. I don’t know how I would’ve made it through
four teenagers without them.
And, most
importantly, I am so thankful that God is our Master Planner. And I can count
on Him to have a plan, a good plan for my daughter…and for all of our children.
Elise Daly
Parker
Moms in
Prayer Leader for over 20 years

Comments 16

  1. Yes Margarita, agreeing with you in prayer. Lord please bring our kids right through to the end of this year. Help them to keep up their determination till the end. And Lord, please bring Margarita another mom to pray with and to lighten her burden to pray for her two boys. You've got a plan for her and for them. Thank you, Lord. In Jesus' name, Amen!

  2. My son will be starting with hisUniversity entrance exam on the 17th May and then his last school exam up to 14th June.I know who is in Control here but it does get very difficult for me on my own all these years to pray for my 2 boys.I believe our Master Planner has a plan for my son as he doesn't know yet what he wants to do. Thank you for sharing your beautiful story with all of us.

    God Bless all the children who are busy with their exams.Margarita.

  3. Good Stuff, My kids are much younger but I have been in a MIP group since my oldest was 4. I hope to still be praying with my group when my youngest is getting his acceptance letters too!

  4. These years are wonderful and difficult Melanie! I just can't quite grasp that I will have no children home next year. But I will still be praying with my wonderful fellow moms in a College and Career Moms In Prayer group. This I know for sure!

  5. Well, Elise, as you know I'm in the same boat as you. About to send my third daughter off to college. The college process is stressfull and can acutally begin Freshmen year with building a resume. I think about all the research, college visits and revisits, application process, and the waiting and how it all takes a toll on us emotionally. However, if there's one thing I've learned is God is the Master Planner and in control! Thank God he is otherwise I don't know where I'd be right now. God knew exactly what each of my girls needed and he supplied it. My prayers were answered with each acceptance packet and rejection letter. I'm so thankful for that! Thanks Elise for sharing your faithful story.

  6. Thanks Mama!!
    And thanks to everyone in the Monday Moms in Prayer group.
    The prayers definitely worked 😉

    Love,
    Amelia

  7. Amen. As the mother of a soon to be HS junior, I know that I can't imagine what's ahead of me. Thank God for prayer. Thank God for Grace.
    The was useful, encouraging, and worth sharing. Oh, and congratulations to your baby girl on her acceptances. Way to go!
    Peace and good,
    Chelle

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