He's Still the Plan

  • July 28, 2017
  • #9195

Although we want to know how things will work out, all we really need to know is God has the plan. 

He's Still the Plan

I’m Joni Eareckson Tada and I'm celebrating 50 years in a wheelchair.

It was on a hot Saturday afternoon in July back in 1967—50 years ago—that I took that fateful dive that completely altered my life. Before the diving accident in which I broke my neck, I was planning on going to college becoming a physical therapist. I wanted to work with people in wheelchairs. Little did I know that on that day, I would end up in one of my own for the rest of my life.

Looking back, I recall how fearful I was of the future. The whole idea of sitting down for the rest of my life without use of my hands or legs, it overwhelmed me. What was God doing? What was He thinking? What was His plan? If only He’d show me or tell me. If only He would give me a hint or a whisper of how it would all turn out and why. Then I would be able to trust Him. If only He would lay out the blueprint. Then I’d be able to understand. I was to quickly learn that that’s not the way God does things. 

In fact, listen to this interesting little exchange between Moses and God in Exodus Chapter 33. After God's people rebelled, the Lord tells Moses to get up and lead the people beyond the desert to Canaan. But Moses, a little unsure of what lies ahead, he says to the Lord, “God, you've been telling me, ‘Take these people up to the Promised Land.’ If it is true that you look favorably on me, let me know your ways so that I may understand you more fully.” In other words, Lord, let me know what you have in mind, what you intend to do, how it will all work out, then I will be happy to lead your people. And just what does God say in response?

The Lord replied, “I will go personally with you, Moses...”  That’s it? That’s all? Moses was looking for the details. He was looking for the plan, the blueprint; he wanted to see the roadmap into the future. And isn’t that every Christian’s struggle? God tells us to do something, but before we venture out, we want to know what He has in mind—what He intends to do. “Let me know the way you’re taking me, God.” But as Oswald Chambers reminds us, “God does not tell you what He is going to do; He reveals to you Who He is.” The plan is God. He is the blueprint. Why else do you think Jesus called himself The Way? If we are insistent in wanting to know the way, we need to remember that Jesus says He is The Way.

And that’s exactly what God was telling me after I broke my neck. When it came to accepting my quadriplegia, it had to begin with trusting Jesus. And over the early years of my paralysis, I could almost hear God saying what He said to Moses: “Joni, I will personally go with you.” Jesus is the way. He is the blueprint. 

And after 50 years of living in this wheelchair He is still the plan. And everything else—all the ministry to other people with disabilities around the world—all of it is merely the spin-off of trusting God as the way into my future. And this week as I mark five decades in this chair, it’s what I'm celebrating. And I invite you to celebrate Jesus as the way in your life. So, don’t forget to visit joniandfriends.org/radio for your free Gospel foldout called “Joni’s Story.” Tell people you know about your friend Joni who’s been in a wheelchair for 50 years. See it as a way of sharing the Good News of Jesus. And remember, no matter what looms ahead, today stay near the Prince of Peace and you will have the plan. And hey, if you need more inspiration, you just have to go to my blog today at joniandfriends.org. Again that’s my blog at joniandfriends.org.

© Joni and Friends


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