At any moment in my life, I am chock-full of ideas and plans. I spent over 25 years in my professional career in the capacity of planning and so that’s my way of life. I am used to devising plans, executing plans, and evaluating plans. It’s pretty much engrained in my makeup, as such, I think that planning is pretty important.
I plan in my personal life also, I plan out my day, I make lists, I organize the day so that I can control the use of my time and be efficient. As a result, I am pretty much able to check things off of my list, and I have a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day. To not plan out my day, can cause me some frustration.
There’s been more to it than just planning out my day – I’ve also created many plans for my life based on what I thought I wanted to accomplish. I made plans on where I wanted to be in my career, marriage, etc. And by and large, I made those plans pretty much in a vacuum. I didn’t take time to research what God had to say about things. I just went ahead and made plans and then expected God to endorse, or bless those plans.
Needless to say, many times things didn’t work out the way I thought that they should. And, many other times, things turned out to be disastrous. I am sure that if I had actually stopped along the way, in my younger days, and really searched out God’s will, I would have surely adverted many troubles and setbacks.
Thankfully, with each and every disaster, came learning and growth – although at some times it was pretty painful. And, thankfully, God didn’t give up on me. He has plans for each and everyone of us, and His plans always work out so much better than anything that I can devise on my own. He picks me up, brushes me off, turns me around, and sets me back on His path. No matter what I do, and how much ever I get in the way, the Lord’s purpose and plans will prevail. And, that’s the place that I want to be, I just have to get out of the way!
Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand. (Proverbs 19:21, ESV)