Read Proverbs 16
Have you ever helped someone else plan an event? For years I was terrible at this because I wanted my ideas to be accepted and adopted. I wanted my vision to be used, I wanted the event to be done my way. This was back when I was firmly in the “my way or the highway” camp of life. While I still have strong opinions and don’t mind expressing them, I’ve come to understand that every event that I assist with isn’t mine. I’ve been figuring out how to adopt the plans of someone else. I’m learning how to take their vision and make it happen, even if it’s not how I would’ve wanted it.
I feel like walking with God is similar. He has a plan that he’s invited us into. It’s like he’s orchestrated this big, huge celebration and we have the opportunity of inviting whoever we want to come. We get to go out and share his invitations with others. We are called to use our gifts to share about him and to make his party the best that it can be. It’s when we begin to create our own agenda that we get into trouble.
Mortals make elaborate plans,
but God has the last word.
Humans are satisfied with whatever looks good;
God probes for what is good.
Put God in charge of your work,
then what you’ve planned will take place.
What are your plans?
What’s on the agenda for today?
What do you want to accomplish this month?
Where do you want to be in 1 year? 5 years? 10 years?
Now, here’s the kicker, have you invited God into those plans?
I know the Christian-y answer is to say “yes, of course I have”, but honestly, have you invited him into your plans? For me, this looks like daily, sometimes even hourly, surrendering again to God. There are days when I have to sacrifice my to-do list to go have lunch with someone or help a friend take care of something. These derailments used to bring me immense frustration, but now I’ve come to embrace them. I’m coming to learn that it’s not always a bad thing when my plans are disrupted. It’s not the end of the world when things don’t go according to my plan. In fact, I’m discovering that when I go with God’s plan, things end up being better than my plan would’ve been. God’s plan usually involves some hard times and some rocky terrain, but I’d rather traverse those roads with him and submit to his agenda than going by my own plan. Life is one big opportunity to point people back to God, we’re all tasked with inviting people to God’s big party, let’s yield to his plan and just add what we can. Trusting and submitting to God’s plan is better than any one I could’ve come up with on my own. Don’t believe me? Try it this week and let me know how it goes!