I come from a family of planners. Plans course through my veins but I had to surrender them. Shattered by a divorce in my mid twenties I gave up such plans. It wasn’t in my Happily Ever After Plan to be abused, betrayed and divorced. Once my marriage unraveled I moved my few remaining possessions three times in a matter of months. Blindsided I learned my plans are tenuous and frail but God’s plan is constant and sure. Through the painful divorce process I watched God care for details my plans didn’t take into account and because of that
I’ve spent my adulthood learning and relearning this. I drive people nuts because I find firm plans pointless and disappointing and rarely make them. Kids get sick, family emergencies arise and plans crumble. Case in point, if you recall, I recently planned to teach second grade but was offered a second-third combination class. Thanks for the reminder God.
Plans and expectations must constantly be realigned with God.
I’d grown comfortable life’s current mess because I could see God working, sorting, sifting and arranging the details (and if I’m honest, can’t beat an excuse to not cook) . My plans would lead to new plans to cover oversight and unforeseen events that derail plans. However, if I sat back, trusted God and took action when directed stress diminished.
Perfect example, everyone wanted to know, “When are you moving?”.
“When God says to.”
I wasn’t trying to be difficult or a smartaleck, I really meant it. My entire life changed in an instant and even if I attempted to plan, I could never catch up to God’s unfolding plans. I’ve learned the plans I make are frail and must comply with His plan. That’s how we are to called to live.
“May your Kingdom come soon.
May your will be done on earth,
as it is in heaven.”
Matthew 6:10 (full Lord’s prayer here)
We supposed to hold onto God, not this world, it’s things, conveniences, friendships or troubles. Our plans hinge on God’s ultimate rescue plan. He wants every heart to know Him, love Him and trust Him as their Savior. His rescue plan works for everyone willing (you don’t have to be able).
But they didn’t understand…so later, Jesus made planning clearer:
” Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
Jesus meant so much more than freeing us from sin.
If we surrender fully to Him we should expect the details fall in line. Let me say, I’m living this bold belief (spoiler below).
I’d love to hear about the plans you’re surrendering to the Lord!
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In two days time my family will move….and let me tell you…the details are not ironed out. Praying for room at the inn!