I’m a planner. I like to have a schedule. It’s my nature to know what the heck is going on and what is coming up. I’m not a ‘fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants’ kinda gal.
This works to my advantage when the control of everything relies on me. But let’s be real here. That is not reality. I don’t control anything. Except maybe myself, and that’s only if there aren’t Double Stuf Oreos around. Then I don’t even control myself.
I have to remember the words we find in Proverbs16:9, “We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.”
Or those found in Proverbs 19:21, “You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail.”
Or my favorite found in Psalm 138:8, “The Lord will work out his plans for my life—for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever. Don’t abandon me, for you made me.”
All of these verses remind me that I can have the greatest plans in the world, but if it doesn’t align with God’s purpose or his plans for my life, then all of my planning is in vain.
All of my hard work. All of my investment. All of the blood, sweat, and tears in trying to do what I felt was ‘just perfect’ for me and mine.
Saint Augustine said, “Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.”
I think this is a pretty good view to have.
And when all else fails, I can remember the words of Paul in his letter to the Philippians, “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.”
Be blessed today dear readers…until next time…