The Great Do Over
Oh how I enjoy the fresh new look of a clean calendar.
The unmarked day planner cheers to me: “FRESH SLATE, Yippee!” “DO OVER, Ya!”
Now is the point where I confess appointments that change, having been written by my favorite pen, and now glare at me all scratched out, start the cascade of irritable feelings within me. I have so many resolutions to live more balanced and organized. Once they begin to fall apart, I take it as personal failure. I’m not good with messy I guess.
My perfect planner is no longer perfect! This is a beacon of reality to me that I am not in control.
Recently I bought a new 2017-day planner. Momentarily I caressed the clean pages with all their perfect, empty boxes and lines just waiting for me to strategize my life as wife, mother, secretary, friend and volunteer.
Then God lovingly pulled me back to reality by bringing to remembrance the scripture from: Proverbs 16:9
“The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.”
As much as I want to comfort myself with organizational planning…it’s just not a promise!
I can pray and seek God’s wisdom, but I’ve GOT to flex.
The New Year is here. I’m guessing you’ve got a fresh new calendar at your fingertips.
1) Pray for wisdom as you seek to plan and balance that schedule.
2) Always write in pencil to demonstrate an attitude of flexibility (or learn to love the gift of White Out).
3) Praise God that He has ways He wants to use you that may come as a surprise! He is the God of all creation and has things under perfect control; even if your day planner begs to differ.
Father, Your Word reminds us in Psalm 115:3 that You are God in Heaven and do all that You please. It would be my prayer today that we would be humble and respect your power and authority in a fresh new way. A comforting way. A way that takes the pressure off of our shoulders (where we alone put it in the first place) and honor you with the time you have given us. Lead us in your paths of righteousness in all that we do and all the ways we plan. May Jesus Christ be at the center of it all. Amen.