I admit, I love to plan. Big Period.
Even as a little girl I would plan all kinds of parties, plays, events. I must have been 10 or 11, when I planned a thanksgiving fest for all the children in our church, complete with a thanksgiving service, a thanksgiving meal, some games etc. Today I’m smiling at these memories. I’m wondering what my parents must have thought about it, and especially the parents who brought or sent their children to an event planned by a kid…
This love for planning has never left me. My planning skills have only improved over the years. Just ask my family and friends.
Planning has also taken over my personal life. I plan my day, I plan my week, I plan my months, and I do plan my life… BUT…
“God seems to have a delightful way of upsetting the plans we have made, when we have not taken Him into account. We get ourselves into circumstances that were not chosen by God, and suddenly we realize that we have been making our plans without Him – that we have not even considered Him to be a vital, living factor in the planning of our lives.” Oswald Chambers
Life has dealt me a few blows and my plans became nil and void. I remember being devastated by it. At times it took me days, other times months and even years to recover and get a plan going again in that area of my life.
I had gotten so good at planning that I, too, did not include God in my planning. And when God decided to intervene and mess with my plans and redirect my life, I had to acknowledge
“We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.” Proverbs 16:9
I do not like being without a plan. Even for my weight loss journey I do need a plan. It makes my life a lot easier when I can look at my list and see the goals set for the day, for the week etc. After all,
“A goal without a plan is just a wish.”
And I do not like to have just wishes. I love to do things, I love to see my plans put into action. It is something that I tremendously enjoy!
But I have learned to loosen my grip on the plans I make. Over the years I have also learned to include God in my planning. And trust me, it’s so much easier to plan with God in mind right from the start.
How do I do that? Find out in the upcoming posts.
What about you?
Do you like to plan? Do you like your day structured and planned out?
Do you get upset when your plans fall through? What about when your day turns out nothing like what you had planned?
Let me know, I would love to hear from you.