We expect a second grandchild in several months, and I have been orchestrating a timeline for some home remodeling. I have several new consulting work projects. I also need to help my brother finish sorting belongings at our former family farm. Then there are special occasions on the new year’s horizon, such as my father-in-law’s 100th birthday. I want our immediate family to gather at the beach in the summer. There will be a conference or two thrown into the mix. Perhaps I’ll plan a vacation in the fall or Christmas with my brother in his new house at year’s end.
Planning Life Lesson
Yet, it seems I never quite learn the Planning Life lesson. For three years, I have been humbled by a personal medical situation. Thankfully, nothing severe for the outcome, only if ignored. But life situations are sources of aggravation and annoyance. That’s not how I had planned the use of my time! Not sitting in doctors’ offices, coping with surgery, or the recovery time—changing other plans.
I guess if I’ve learned anything, it’s that the life journey is always full of detours and surprises. And frankly, I am not really in charge. That is probably a good thing in the big picture. However, I keep planning a big picture that never entirely turns out that way. Then I am frustrated and disappointed. As though I did not get what I wanted for Christmas.
Trusting in His Plans
I am reminded of my actual standing as I read scripture and the words of Christians who have traveled before me. I live in this world by God’s appointment. And I choose to trust the outcome of circumstances to a God who is love. Resting in Him, I can be free from anxiety and anger. Each day, each year, and for my whole life.
“Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that'” (James 4:13-16, NIV).
“But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations” (Psalms 33:11, NIV).
Questions for personal journaling or group discussion:
1. How have your views about making life plans changed in the past few years?
2. Is there sane ground for being a steward of time and trusting God?
Karen Spruill writes from Florida.© 2002 - 2023, AnswersForMe.org. All rights reserved. Click here for content usage information.