So…still praying, and seeking God’s guidance. I guess this is something I should always be doing, but lately it’s been more hit and miss. I’ve decided that I need to be more intentional about this. Not just when I need something, but always seeking his guidance and perfect will for my life. It’s going to be extra important in the next couple of months here though, as James and I are trying to make some plans for the near future. More on that later.
Ironically, as I was reading today in my last reading from the book of Psalms (think that means I’m about half way through reading the Bible in a year), I again was drawn to a verse about planning and purpose. Seems like a common theme lately for me…maybe God is trying to tell me something? Probably. I guess I’ll get it eventually. I can be kind of stubborn sometimes.
Anyways, the verse I read was this…
“The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me, your love, O Lord, endures forever- do not abandon the works of your hands.” Psalms 138:8
And me, being the studious nerd that I am, of course read the footnotes for said verse…
“…to make the most out of life, we must include God’s plan in our plans. He alone knows what is best for us; he alone can fulfill his purpose for us…”
Umm….yeah. This verse couldn’t have been directed more at me if it tried. It’s almost like someone threw a bucket of cold water over my head in the middle of the night saying, “pay attention, this one’s for you!”
You see, I am a planner. Pretty sure I’ve said this before, but it’s worth repeating. I plan, and if I’m not careful I end up planning my life away—I always like to know what is coming next. That is partly why I am seeking God’s direction and guidance so adamantly and diligently—I don’t know what’s next. And it frustrates me. But, I am slowly learning that I need to let go of the reins, and let God be in control. He alone knows what is best for me, and he alone can fulfill his purposes and plans in me. BUT he can only do this if I let him in and allow him to become the planner instead of me. It’s not easy, but I believe it will be worth it in the end. I need to trust that he can see what I cannot. That his plans are perfect, and mine are only half-baked.
So for now I am trying to let go. I’m asking God to come in and take over the planning. He does a much better job at it anyways.
What about you? Are you an excessive planner like me? Imagine what could be if you allowed God to come in and take control for a while. For always.
Hope you are having a great week so far! God Bless 🙂