Wouldn’t it be so nice if we knew everything that was going to happen in a given day before that day even began? All the embarrassing moments we were going to face that day or the awkward conversations we would have? Or imagine this… What if we knew the college we were going to go to, the career we would end up in, who we were going to marry, or how many kids we would have?
I bet you think I’m about to write out a whole post about how you should not plan out anything! Of course, that would make sense because God is the one who orchestrates our steps, but what if I told you there’s actually nothing wrong with planning!
In fact, I have plans for my life… I plan to graduate from Azusa Pacific University in 2022. After that, I plan to either go to graduate school or jump right into ministry. Eventually, I’d love to get married and start my own family. And of course I have some of the smaller things planned out too. I have plans to go to practice tonight, and I have plans to hang out with my friends tomorrow.
There’s nothing wrong with these plans, as long as we recognize that they aren’t “our” plans. God is the creator and sustainer of all things (Col. 1:17). Every day is His because He is the One who created it. Ultimately, God is the One who orchestrates our steps, and we need to be willing to submit to His sovereignty.
“The heart of many plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps”Proverbs 16:9
There’s nothing wrong with plans, as long as you are willing to let them change. Plans are a good thing! It’s good that I’m planning to graduate from APU in a few years, but I am not the one who brings that plan to fruition. The Lord is the One who establishes my steps, therefore I should hold my plans in open hands.
Plans change! 5 years ago I planned to live in Alabama my whole life and attend Auburn University to become a special education teacher, but the Lord established my steps in a totally different way! Now, I have plans for my career, but I trust that the Lord may establish those plans in a totally different way too & that’s okay!
Let’s trust that the Lord’s plan is ultimately what’s best for the glory of His Name. My friends, because I care about you, be willing to hold your plans in an open hand, and watch the Lord do incredible things! Sometimes it’s scary, but trust that God’s working as He’s writing your story.