Do you ever have things that happen that makes you wonder about the outcome? Over the Easter church services, it was mentioned several times about Peter denying the Lord three times. In John 13: 36-38 we read that Jesus told Peter what was to come.

36 Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, where are You going?”

Jesus answered him, “Where I am going you cannot follow Me now, but you shall follow Me afterward.”

37 Peter said to Him, “Lord, why can I not follow You now? I will lay down my life for Your sake.”

38 Jesus answered him, “Will you lay down your life for My sake? Most assuredly, I say to you, the rooster shall not crow till you have denied Me three times.

 I have wondered about this particular story in the Bible for years. My biggest question was, “did Peter have a choice?” The Lord had already told him what was going to happen so was this predestination or did Peter have free will to make a different choice?
The funny part is, I would LOVE to think that the Lord is in complete control of my life. I would love to think of me being a pawn on a chess board and Him being the Chessmaster making the moves. Let’s be honest, I would make the wrong move probably at least 90% of the time. But, if the Lord is in control of my advancement then I can just sit back and coast because I know that HE knows all and HE will always win the game.
There are many Bible verses that tell us that the Lord has “plans” for us.
Jeremiah 1: 4-5

The word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

Jeremiah 29: 11-14

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”

Ahh, the Lord has “plans.” That is completely different from it being written in stone. I have made plans before and mapped out every possible way to achieve my goal. However, just because I made the plan to get to the desired goal that doesn’t mean that everything was going to go according to plans. It also doesn’t mean that I won’t still reach my goal, there just might have to be some adjustments made to the plan.

I bet everyone has used a GPS device of some nature. You type in your destination and hit GO. Then you can just sit back and relax because the GPS is going to navigate for you. BUT, I also bet that every one of you has made a wrong turn, missed a turn, or the turn you were supposed to make was under construction and you had to take a detour. That is when you will hear the voice say, “recalculating.” In just a few minutes you are continuing on your way with the end destination still being the same, you are just now going to be taking a different route.

Peter was the rock, the one on whom the Lord was going to build His church. But, Peter was human and had fears just like me. Just like Peter, I am going to mess up. I am going to say the wrong thing, I am going to choose the wrong path, and I am going to disappoint myself and the Lord. But, that doesn’t mean that the Lord is going to call it quits on me. The Lord still used Peter and I hope He will still use you and I even if we make mistakes. I don’t care if the Lord is a Chessmaster or if He is my guidance system. As long as He gets me to my destination I am going to be thrilled!

Have a Blessed Day!

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  1. I love your Bible study blogs. Other than you knowing so much about fashion and me knowing zero about it, I think we are alike. That’s why I enjoy your blogs so much. Thank you for taking the time and effort! You’re awesome 😊

    • Tania Reply

      Lisa, you probably know as much about fashion as I do. I just wear what I like and I don’t really give it a lot of thought. I love my Sunday posts, they are just me wondering out loud. I am glad that you like them.

  2. Suzanne Stewart Reply

    Tania, I love how you explained predestination today. We may make some detours in God’s plan for our lives, but the end result will be what he has planned for us. I’m going to print what you said this morning about Gid’s control, and give it to some friends who will not consider the fact that God is ultimately the One who determines the path we will take. I also love the fun and colorful way you dress. I especially love the jewelry you wear. I’m anxious for Plunder to show their new line. 😊

    • Tania Reply

      Suzanne, just realize that I am not a scholar or theologian. I simply wonder and think out loud on the blog about my belief. I am glad that you find it beneficial but don’t be disappointed if your friends don’t jump on board.

      • Suzanne Stewart Reply

        Oh I won’t but I’m going to keep trying to convince them.

  3. This was so inspirational as I start my morning here..thank you! Going through a lot of personal transitions right now with all my kids off to college, my house is for sale and my career!! I found your blog via Pinterest when I was struggling for fashionable ideas for our age write such happy and cheery blogs…have a blessed day!!!

    • Tania Reply

      Thank you for taking the time to comment, Ginny! You are going through a lot at this time but it won’t always be that way. Embrace the journey, there are some important lessons to be learned along the way.

    • Hi. I had to say that I’m going through similar things myself and seem to be going in many different directions. Let’s believe that God will get us to our true destination no matter what route we take. God bless.

  4. I definitely have things happen that make me wonder about the outcome…your Sunday post amaze me how wonderfully you convey your thoughts in the blog. Our snow storm from yesterday is over and it’s a clear morning to scoop out. Have a wonder Sunday Tania!

    • Tania Reply

      Sandy, I saw that there were parts of the country having a huge snowstorm. That just blows my mind because it was in the 80’s here yesterday. Of course, they are calling for some snow tomorrow here. Lol! Thank you for reading my Sunday posts.

  5. I agree with the previous comments and am another one who is so glad you found your niche with your fashion blog. The Sunday posts are an excellent way to start the week.

    • Tania Reply

      I am glad that you enjoy the Sunday posts. They are my favorite and my most challenging.

  6. Karen Oliver Reply

    Peter denied Christ three times, the third time the rooster crowed and their eyes met. At that time, Peter wept. I have always thought how Peter much have anguished so. I know when I mess up I beat myself up so bad. You are correct, Peter let his fear get hold of him. He had followed Jesus and saw what they were doing. Later in life after the resurrection, I don’t recall reading where Peter ever dening Christ again. I don’t think it is a proven fact but Peter was crucified. Because he felt unworthy to die as the Lord had died, he requested to be hung upside down. God is amazing. The Bible is full of wonderful stories. I love your post and appreciate your encouragement. Blessings to you on this rainy Sunday in GA.

  7. Well said, Tania. If only we would turn our plans over to Him things would turn out much better for us.

  8. I love how you would like to think that God is in complete control of your life. I do as well. Love your spiritual message.

  9. Thank you for being such an inspiration, both spiritually and being the fashionista that you are.

  10. Debra Crawford Reply

    God is omniscient, which means He sees all, including the future. Peter did have free will, but Jesus knew what he would do, just as he foresaw Judas’ betrayal and his own death on a cross. The tougher question is whether we can change what God foresees. I’m afraid I don’t know the answer to that one

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