“One of the most powerful ways God reveals His sovereignty is through timing.” J. Stumbo
In February 2011, our 3 month old son had been diagnosed with congestive heart failure and was scheduled for open heart surgery. The first sermon preached by our Senior Pastor, Dr. Mizraim Esquilín, that year was about Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV): “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“. But in those first weeks of the year we had received difficult news. At that time we did not understand how all this could be part of the “plans to prosper you and not to harm you”. This is the story behind the song “Tienes un Plan” (You have a plan). (Note – Part of the lyrics: “You have a plan and it’ll be fulfilled. While I’m waiting I will praise you. You have a plan and it’ll be fulfilled. I don’t have answers but I’m filled with your peace. Blessed is the one who trust in you. You have a plan and it’ll be fulfilled. Your are my Mighty God”)
The surgery was successful but my son’s health problems were not over. Now I have a better understanding of what God intended to teach us with the song. We always want to sing with a complete testimony. We always want evident progress. But by faith we can patiently wait. It is possible to experience the peace of God without human answers.
In the spring/summer of 2014 we recorded the vocals of the album “Plan de Vuelo”, the new project of 33dc ministry, including the song “Tienes un Plan.” We were moving as a family to the United States and I didn’t know how everything would work out. But, I never imagined that the album release and the promotional activities would be during my chemo treatment; and that the first single would be “Tienes un Plan”.
Psalm 105:19 (NIV) states, “till what he foretold came to pass, till the word of the Lord proved him true.” The word “proved “can also be translated as to refine, to smelt, like a goldsmith. The Word of the God is not inactive until its fulfillment. It is always doing something in us.
We have the good news of salvation, the gospel, with very great and precious promises. May His Word, may the gospel, teaches us, refines us, purifies us as we wait the fulfillment of the promises. I believe in God’s sovereignty; I believe in His plan; and I trust his timing.
|Singing “Tienes un Plan” at Expolit 2015/Miami on May 2, 2015
Live/Acoustic version of “Tienes un Plan” recorded on April 2015, Bayamón, PR.
All rights reserved. Rebecca Parrilla. May/2015