We make them like we are the boss of the universe and know what is going on behind the scenes and what will happen along the way in every direction at once with every party involved. Making plans is always a long shot, the farther you go into the future. And even now, you never know when that one drunk or texting person will be driving at you. I always make plans with a grain of salt and say “Lord willing”. See,God does know everything, the face stuff, the beginning d the scenes, everyone’s history and involvement and current events, everything surrounding the area, everything. And of vital importance, along with all His knowledge and power is the fact that He loves us and wants what is best for us. And when we pray for Him to take care of us, He knows best what that looks like and has complete freedom to go with our plans or entirely screw them up to do something better. In fact, He might see we need some work on an area and arrange the plans to accommodate that lesson. So, in our immediate and limited (being not omniscient) minds, we might get upset that God didn’t give us what we wanted at the moment and cater to our demands and plans. But really He is doing much more for us than we can imagine for our very best out of His great love and knowledge. Once we (I) get that, peace follows.
“I say this because I know what I am planning for you,” says the Lord. “I have good plans for you, not plans to hurt you. I will give you hope and a good future.” – Jeremiah 29:11
When we plan things out, I think God looks at our plans and smiles and gently scoots them off the playing field to unfold His plan for our lives in stages we can handle. His plans may be most uncomfortable to us at the time, and the breaking of ours just as painful, but in my experience His plans are always best… for Him and His kingdom first and foremost and for us too because He truly loves us more than a natural being can. I love making plans and pursuing those and I realize that so does God, only His are way better for us. Not only that but He can change course midstream on the fly in response to our disobedience and alter those plans and have them turn out even better. He can always bring good out of bad. Sometimes we just have to be patient enough to fully appreciate those plans. People may love someone and want to be with them and have the timing all wrong and the single desperado must wait for God’s timing. So, be patient and wait because God is always worth waiting for. He has His reasons. When we push and shove and force things to happen, I think he must look down and shake His head at our ignorance and frown at our pride. He knows best and He knows that He knows best. Some people may be sent into your life to test you or make you stronger in some way. The very best thing you can do is surrender immediately and learn the lesson, do the right thing. As soon as you learn the lesson and pass the test, it “magically” disappears. Again, God always knows what needs to be done and when and why. We don’t know all that and need to let the Professional handle the planning. The happiest people in the world are those who roll with the punches, who go with the flow, as long as it is God’s punches and flow. To surrender pride is an amazingly beautiful and freeing experience that I am getting in the habit of enjoying. I don’t have to do everything as long as I do what I can to the best of my ability.