Part of God’s Strategic Plan

In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps. (Proverbs 16:9)

Originally, I was working towards a career in investment banking. My plans revolved around anything with the highest payoff. Because money.

Then I meandered into the field of Information Technology in Higher Education and grew too specialized to escape. I figured it was one of life’s detours that could’ve ended up a lot worse. So…

For all intents and purposes, I am content.

These past few weeks, I’ve been at conferences where I had the distinct privilege of presenting on behalf of my university’s IT department.

It was at the Annual Computing Conference where I learned that God had strategically placed me where I’m at today.

Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. (Proverbs 19:21)

Our current CIO had recently put in his official resignation and will be leaving at the end of the semester. And as I was talking with the interim CIO, I found out he went to seminary school.

Throughout the duration of my time at the Annual Computing Conference, I saw a majority of the higher ups on our team bow their head in prayer before each meal.

Since IT is a field with more than its share of arrogance, seeing all those who held positions of power in our department give thanks to the Lord was an affirmation.

The plans I had for myself never came to fruition. Thank God.


28 thoughts on “Part of God’s Strategic Plan

  1. Thank you for sharing Rae. It’s always inspiring to hear how God takes people on detours that turn out to be the main road. A humble suggestion: watch spelling errors. Errors like “could of ended” instead of “could have ended “or “could’ve ended,” work against you. They make readers doubt that you really are who you say you are.

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  2. Thank you for your comment! I prefer to blog in a manner that is reflective of how I talk because it seems more authentic. Audience and purpose play an important role in forms of communication. If this were a scholarly article, I would make spelling and grammar adjustments. Since my blog is casual, personal, and not formal I don’t think readers will get too distraught. Again, I appreciate your feedback and am sure it came from a good place with kind intentions 🙂


  3. Howdy Rae,

    Thanks for dropping in and giving a like on my blog. Been checking out snippets of your site and really like it. It is amazing how God works his plan in our lives. Even through tough times there are incredible moments of grace.

    Keep up the great work!

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  4. I would not be where I am now if things had gone according to MY plan, but God had other ideas. I would still be working, my first wife would still be alive, and I would still be living 1500 miles from here, but the reality is far-different. My first wife died in 1997, my 2nd wife and I moved to Florida in 2000, and I had to retire in 2011. Being a pastor and ministry-leader were not even on my “radar”, but I have been both a pastor and a ministry-leader since November 2015, and I couldn’t be happier. Many things have happened since 1997, some “good”, some “bad”, but God intended every one of them to move me along the path that He had for me.

    Had God shown me the whole “road-map” 19 1/2 years ago, before my first wife died, I would NOT have been a “happy-traveler”, but He didn’t. Instead, He gently nudged me along my pathway. Was the journey “worth-it”, with all its ups and downs, joys and sorrows, pains and trauma? What is it “worth” to experience joy every time I open-up the Word of God to the small handful of people who show up every Sunday afternoon to study God’s Word? That “worth” isn’t even measurable. All I can say is; “God, use me as You see fit”.


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