Best Laid Plans

 

 

Days fly by.

It seems to me that the days are replacing each other with lightning speed lately. I’m still trying to recover from thanksgiving only it’s already after the new year.

How did this happen?

Holiday plans flew out the window. There was sickness, doctor appointments, poor attempts at keeping up with laundry, getting meals cooked at the last minute and a multitude of other things that I had planned that were rearranged or removed for me. Ugh.

 

How do you deal with interruptions and plans gone awry?

 

I am learning that there’s always “Mañana”. Or maybe not. Either way things will either get done or not. When I was younger I stressed over everything that didn’t go to plan.

Interferences were not allowed in my house.
Ooohh. How I made everyone miserable along with myself!! I apologize here and now.

Today I face selling a house, getting finances in order to do the taxes, a new eating plan started by myself and husband (#whole30), the demolition and refurb of the kitchen and several other things on the to-do list. How in the world?? January will be over before I realize it and there may be nothing to show for it.

 

How will you spend the first month of 2018? Making plans or just living each day?

 

I sit and ponder what has happened to my plans. I shake my head and the words failure, slackerinert, lazy and a few others I won’t mention here, rise up to stare at me in the mirror.

But sometimes I feel like Job- honest and hopeful:
My days have passed, my plans are shattered. Yet the desires of my heart turn night into day; in the face of the darkness light is near. Job 17:11-12

 There are some very good instructions regarding plans in scripture:

  • Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. (Proverbs 19:21)
  • Plans are established by seeking advice; so if you wage war, obtain guidance. (Proverbs 20:18)
  • The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty. (Proverbs 21:5)
  • To humans belong the plans of the heart, but from the Lord comes the proper answer of the tongue. (Proverbs 16:1)
  • Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed. (Proverbs 15:22)
  • Woe to those who go to great depths to hide their plans from the Lord, who do their work in darkness and think, “Who sees us? Who will know?” (Isaiah 29:15)
  • “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)

Surprisingly, the one about war is the one that stood out to me. If you wage war, obtain guidance. At first glance it looks like an aside, a footnote to the prior statement. However, we are at war. Every day. Whether we want to be at war or not. Whether we realize it or not.

And that is why it’s good to know that God has His plans for us, because our plans sometimes get waylaid, redefined or removed.

His plans are always perfect and will be accomplished. They are always for our good. And that’s hard to remember when we are in the middle of a skirmish or a full out battle. But take heart, His plans give us hope and a future. The Light is very near

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6 thoughts on “Best Laid Plans

  1. Great blog entry…. and great advice! I find myself more Martha than Mary and I wonder why? Is it my “doing” rather than my “being” that drives me? Goals and plans rule my world/personality. I’m a post it note list queen! My new plan is to try to let go more and let things be more fluid!!!

    • Letting go of our plans is hard. No two ways about it. It’s a project in process for me! Thanks for reading and commenting Debra!

    • Thanks, Debi. when you have to walk away from something for a while it can be really difficult to re-engage. But here I am. Praying for the right words.

  2. We definitely need guidance, but you are right God is our good Father and has great plans for us. Even life interruptions can be part of his plan for us. Visiting from Declare.

    Blessings, Misty

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