What If I Miss God’s Plan For Me?

When God created man, He created him with a purpose to fulfill.  A work to accomplish.  All to the glory of the Lord his Creator.

God’s purpose or plan for Adam was to have dominion over the creatures God had made.

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.  Genesis 1:26

Adam began fulfilling that purpose by naming all the animals.  (Genesis 1:19)

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God has a plan for each of us.

Still another part of God’s plan and work for Adam was the care of the Garden of Eden.

And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.  Genesis 2:15

God created us to be productive and to enjoy work.  God wants us each to feel useful and needed and fulfilled.  To contribute to the world around us in meaningful ways.  The ways that He foreordained for each of us His children.

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.  Ephesians 2:10

It is clear that God has a plan for each of us. But if you’re like me, there have been times when you wished the Lord would tell you as clearly as He did Adam what His plan is for you.

For a time I lived in fear of reaching the end of my life and realizing that I had somehow missed fulfilling God’s plan for my life.  I so much want to live the life God intends for me and to accomplish, in His name and for His glory, all that He wants me to.



How can we be sure of God’s will?

But sometimes I’ve struggled to know what that is.  Is finding God’s will a guessing game?  A hit or miss proposition?  How can I be sure to be in God’s will for me?

At times I’ve been sure that I was in God’s will doing what He had for me.  But then things would change.  And I’d find myself in a new season of life.  What now?  What do I do now to serve the Lord?

Years ago, the Lord showed me what to do in those times of uncertainty…

Keep moving!

I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.  Ps 32:8


I read this verse and took it to mean that God would guide me as I was walking “in the way,” and not sitting on the couch waiting on God.  There were already commands I could obey while waiting for God to reveal anything further He wanted for me to do in that time of my life.

I realized that just as a car can’t be guided along and the wheel turned to direct its path, as it sits in the garage…neither can God’s people expect Him to direct our paths while we sit still in the house.

Many times we pray and wait on God when all the while God is simply waiting on us to step out in faith and obedience to what we already know to do.

As we get moving, then God can open the doors to the work He wants us to pursue for Him.  Or, He can block our path to change our direction of service.

I found myself in just such a time of seeking God’s will two years ago.  I lost my job of seven years teaching in a Christian school.  The Lord had closed that door for me.

Needless to say, I was shocked, but trusted that God was in control and would eventually lead me out of the darkness and show me His plan.

By God’s grace I recalled the teaching He had given me earlier in life and determined to just keep moving.  Just keep praying and seeking and knocking on doors until He opened the one He had planned for me next.

For the next year I did volunteer work in two ministries in our community—a pregnancy crisis center and the county food pantry.  I enjoyed the time spent at each work, but knew these ministries weren’t what God was leading me to.

Within that time, however, the Lord began to speak to my heart about the possibility of an online Bible reading/study group.  I knew I needed help for my own time with the Lord each day.  I searched for an online group that used the KJV Bible, but did not find one.

God grew that desire in my heart and directed my path to His new work for me…Ladies Drawing Nigh!

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Say “Yes” to God.

Are you seeking God’s will for you right now?

Something my pastor, Brother Jared Decker, said helped me—

No one will miss God’s will who simply continues to trust and obey.

Pastor Jared Decker

Do faithfully what you know already and take the opportunities that come your way.  Say “Yes” to God at each new opportunity.

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We don’t have to fear missing God’s will.  We don’t have to fear standing before God and realizing we didn’t do what He foreordained for us to do.

If you sincerely desire to be in God’s will…He will put you there.  God will put you where He wants to use you.  Just as He did Adam.

And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.  Genesis 2:15

All you have to do is—

Bloom where you are planted.

If we will do that for each season of life, then when we get to the end of life, we will discover that we have indeed lived God’s will for our life.


Drawing nigh to Him,


This post is part of our Genesis Bible study.

Study Journal available >> HERE!


What season of life are you in right now?  In what ways is God using you to serve Him at this time?  What advice do you have about finding God’s will?


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  1. Hi there Teresa! My name is Teresa also. 🙂
    So, I am actually going through the Bible Study on Genesis. Long story short but I had been asking God to direct me to a book in the Bible to start studying and your free Bible Study of Genesis was available and then a Preacher online was going through the book of Genesis so I think God was telling me to study Genesis. 🙂
    I like all your resources and then all the items in your table of contents. Is all that available to purchase?

    1. Hi, Teresa!
      I really like your name! 😊
      God always answers our prayers for direction, especially when we are seeking ways to learn more of Him, study His Word, and draw closer to Him! 🙌 So thankful He led you to LDN!
      The resources in the table of contents on the Genesis Page are all free. I don’t, yet, have these devotions gathered into a book of devotions for sale. Maybe in the future. But if you are signed up for the emails for Genesis, each week you will receive a link to that week’s devotion and resources, which includes the week’s reading schedule. Or, you may simply bookmark the page and come back to the site each week for the resources. The only resource available for purchase at this time is the Genesis Journal, either as a paperback or as a digital download you can print at home. God bless you in your study!
      Blessings! 💗

  2. Thank you so much. I just need a little encouragement and to know Gods will for the next chapter of my life and service to God.
    Every blessing to you and all those that have signed up 🙏🏽

    1. Hi, Margaret!
      I’m so glad you have signed up to study with us here! God is faithful and will guide you in the right direction as you continue to seek Him.

      Many blessings to you as well!

  3. Thank you sure did need to read this today. I recently retired and am all alone, no children, husband, etc and I never realized how lonely life could be. I’m struggling I have to say. I’m trying but this depression and all that goes with it is overwhelming. I’m an introverted person so that makes it harder. Your words encouraged me, I pray God will show me the direction I should go.

    1. Hi, Denise!
      Loneliness can truly be an awfully heavy cross to bear at times. But I am fully persuaded that God also works in our loneliness His good purposes. And that He will help you cast that burden upon Him as you seek Him and His direction for this next season of life. Praise the Lord for His encouragement for you in this post! I’m praying for you that you will find God’s purpose for you moving forward. And praying that you will reach out to a pastor, a physician, or trusted wise and godly friend for counsel and help with your battle with depression. Sometimes we may only need a listening ear, but at other times a low dose anti-depressant is very needed, even if only temporarily. And who knows what exciting new ways God may have for you to serve Him now that you are more available to Him than ever before! 🤗 Many Blessings! 💗