As each new schooling semester starts up, I find myself planning like crazy. I typically re-evaluate the current classes my girls take, their extra curricular involvements (or lack thereof) and I think through the best plan to maximize the coming months. The planning side of my brain (which in my case is exceptionally dominant) takes over, and strategizing becomes quite consuming.
But the funny thing is, I remember going through this process last semester, and somehow nothing I originally planned came to fruition. I’ll spare you the details, but I will say, I was reminded I have little control of even the best-laid plans.
Which should be no surprise. There are several Proverbs that tell us who’s really in charge of what happens:
“Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.” Proverbs 19:21
“The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9
“The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.” Proverbs 16:1
Planning is certainly not a bad thing (see a biblical example in 1 Corinthians 16:5-7), but it’s good for us to remember who actually determines what will take place. It doesn’t matter if we’re deciding on a daily schedule, thinking through the future, scheduling out our year, or just planning tomorrow — it’s always good to realize God’s in charge. So in that sense, it makes sense to bring our plans to him in prayer. I’d go so far as to say, perhaps we should plan to purposefully pray more than we plan — and I say that for 4 reasons in particular….
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