I walked into the new year full of hopes and dreams. I had big goals and plans for how I would accomplish them. And then the new year started. Nothing went according to my best laid plan.
First, a sweet friend had a stroke, and I ended up taking over for her at work. Now, it’s important to note that I work from home. I am an author and author mentor. And that is a real job. I work at it every day. However, working from home made it perfect for me to step into her shoes as the secretary at our church. It didn’t make doing my normal job any easier.
So all my plans for growing my following, publishing new books, etc. all went out the window. Working the 9-5 grind is just that, work. I came home exhausted even though my job was easy.
I also had step goals I wanted to meet so I could get into better shape. But, of course, I started the year off with a strained muscle in my leg that required rest. Then I was exhausted from working and never got around to getting back to my step goal (there’s always next month, right?).
All of this left me wondering, what do you do when plans fall apart? They were good plans. Plans that would glorify God.
So what now?
2 Things to Remember When Best Laid Plans Fall Apart
1.) God is in Control of Your Best Laid Plans
Isaiah 55:9 says, “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
In addition to that, Proverbs 16:9 says, “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.”
God has a plan. And even if we make good plans, God is ultimately in control. He knew my plans wouldn’t come to fruition when I made them, but He let me plan anyway. Which brings me to the second thing…
2.) God’s Timing is Perfect for Your Best Laid Plans
Ecclesiastes 3 reminds us that “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.”
God’s timing is perfect. There will be a time for me to write more books, but that time isn’t now. Right now, I’m right where God wants me, doing what He wants me to do. And I need to be okay with that, even if it wasn’t my plan.
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So what about you? Where does today find you? Are you accomplishing your goals and dreams or has God altered your best laid plans? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.
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