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Best Laid Plans

I am a planner. Ask my family and friends and they will tell you that I like things to go as planned and any deviation from those plans can make me, well…just a tad out of sorts (a more polite way to say I can be a bit GRUMPY!) Changes in a regular ole day that were carefully laid out can cause just a bit of distress in me.

This was going to be a big year of big plans. Milestone family events – holidays, birthdays, anniversary, wedding. Big events that were going to involve big planning. Celebrations with friends and family to mark those special days, creating memories to look back on years down the road. Some of those plans were already deep into the works when life as we knew it and expected it to look like came to a screeching halt with the arrival of a virus, mandates from government to stay home and hopes of any of those big plans happening becoming less of a reality.

So what’s a planner to do when she can’t make plans? When the lists that were made and the to do’s on the calendar remain undone and there is no concrete answers to when we can start to resume those plans, how does she ward off those feelings of frustration, helplessness, sadness and loss of control? When some of those big dates on the 2020 calendar come and go without the ability to celebrate them in the way she had hoped and planned for.

If you are a planner like me, and you like to know how each day will play out, it can be incredibly hard to sit back and wait. Wait for the ability to set dates, to make those lists and get those to do’s completed. To wait and see how things go…not how I like to roll!

This all got me to thinking about how God must feel when His people decide not to follow His plans. When we decide to exert our free will, decide to take charge and get things done, and decide we know the best way…

What does the Bible say about all our best laid plans?

Proverbs 16:9 “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.”

Psalms 94:11 “The Lord knows all human plans; he knows that they are futile.”

Proverbs 15:22 “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.”

Proverbs 19:21 “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.

I can plan and purpose and determine all I want, but if I am doing all of this effort apart from the Lord and His plans for my life, for the life of my family, they will fail. If I decide that I know what is best and right and determine what should happen, then I miss out on the Better Plans God has in store for me.

Jeremiah 29:11 “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 a hope and a future.”

Proverbs 16:3 “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.”

Isaiah 28:29 “All this comes form the Lord Almighty, whose plan is wonderful, whose wisdom is magnificent.”

Ephesians 1:11 “In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will.”

I can choose to push forward in my own agenda, striving for my own way, or I can go to the Lord with the desires of my heart, confident that He knows them already and trust that “in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28. It’s a choice I must make – to let God be the planner, to trust in those plans and give Him the control of each day, big or small, average or extraordinary, plotted out or left wide open…

Pray for me that I will choose God’s Best Laid Plans and I will pray the same for you!

Submitted by: Jennifer Ellis