I’m a planner to the core. My personality tends toward being early and being prepared. I like things to run smoothly, and I love a clean, organized calendar with perfect penmanship. There is no doubt in my mind that most of the world would judge me if they glimpsed inside my homemade planner and saw the color-coordinated madness that is Caitlin.
The good news is God’s a planner too. And as much as I like to think my planning skills are supreme, He’s got me beat. ;)
There is both struggle and freedom in realizing that God’s plans are better than mine. It seems obvious, but so often we desperately cling to our hopes and dreams, and we shake our fists at God when things don’t go our way. I’m so guilty of getting ahead of the Lord and asking why He chose to do something that I didn’t have cleanly written in my planner.
My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways. -Isaiah 55
I came across a piece of paper while I was cleaning out my office a couple weeks ago. I had labeled the top “5 Year Plan” and penciled in my hopes for the five years following the year I got married. It, first of all, frightened me to realize how close we are nearing that 5-year mark of marriage, and secondly, made me giggle at my ambitious, newlywed self. Not everything was off, but let’s just say thank God for the Lord’s plans superseding mine. Life is mildly unpredictable to us, but I’m so thankful that nothing takes God by surprise. And guess what? He put my 5-year plan to shame, and I’m infinitely glad He’s in charge.
I’ve watched my plans change, and more recently, I’ve watched them change for several people close to me. I rest in the comforting fact that God is faithful, and His plans are always for our best.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose. -Romans 8
So just in case your day, week, month, or even year took a turn you weren’t planning for – fear not. You are so loved by the Lord, and His plan is good. :)