“Failing to plan, is planning to fail” –Unknown
I can totally relate to this statement. I am a planner! I plan every part of my life. As much as I wish I had an adventurous or spontaneous bone in my body…I just don’t.
Seriously you have no idea how bad this can get.
If you tell me you will be at my house at a certain time…I will literally pace by the door when you arrive 5 minutes late.
It throws off my plans and literally gives me anxiety.
I plan my mornings and days.
My planner is filled with all my plans for the week.
I have often been known to have most of my months all planned out. 6 months ago if you asked me what I would be doing this summer I would have told you exactly what classes I would be taking what days and times and what hours and days I would be working….seriously! I had it all planned and I was not going to stray from the plan. Life doesn’t work when you stray from the plan. You fail. You get hurt. It’s not fun. I mean as the saying goes
“If you fail to plan then, you will plan to fail”
So I should be succeeding right?....WRONG!
Let me just give you a small little piece of advice…if your like me, a planner, non adventurous, and not spontaneous at all….Then don’t ask God to take you on an adventure, because boy will he take you on the ride of your life!
In the last six months God has taken my plans and completely cleared my planner. I have nothing written in six months from now. When someone wants to plan something for me to go to two months from now I literally can not commit to it because I have no idea where I will be or what I will be doing.
God is taking my life and transforming it from my plans into HIS plans. He is showing me that I need to take it all surrender it to him and wait. Wait on his calling, his timing, and all his decisions for my life.
This is extremely hard! I have no idea where I am going. I have no idea what I am going to do for work, what I want to get my graduate degree in, or where I am even going to be living in the next three months. To say I am a little freaked out would be an Extreme understatement.
The only solid truth I have is the truth in the word that God gives me in the bible. I know it is such a common verse and many of us know it by heart but it is so fitting for this time in my life.
“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.” Jeremiah 29:11
I may not know what I am doing a week or a month from now. But God already does. He knows what I am going to be worrying about tomorrow before I even wake up. He has planned out my path and he knows when to reveal his truth to me little by little to direct my steps. Just enough to keep chasing fast after him and not seeking my own path.
Remember this in your daily routine. Are you busy planning it to fit your wants and your needs? Or are you seeking all that the Lord has for you today? Is he slowly revealing his will for you? Or are you running hard after something he never meant for you to have?
Humbly ask him where you are if you don’t know. He will be faithful to answer you. It may not be the way you want or expect, but it will always be perfect in the end.