I’m all about a good plan – I like to make them and I want to stick to them.
Spontaneity isn’t really my forte. I carve out details, accumulate resources, gather strength, AND THEN put the plan into motion. That’s the right and proper schedule in my mind.
One duck, two ducks, three ducks – all neatly in a row.
But life isn’t always so tidy, is it? As much as we long for plans that are perfectly laid, we face waves, wrenches, and left-field-flying detours.
My greatest obstacles seem to be self-inflicted. A mind that wants free rein battling a heart designed for obedience. Thoughts once brought captive that scramble to the surface yet again.
I’m pursuing plans that seem far out of reach. There is no end in sight and the steps are labored. These dreams feel so much bigger than me and I ask myself if the summit is worth the climb.
Lately I’m caught wondering if I’m one beat behind. Has this story been told? Have these words been written before and even better? Did I miss my mark? Is there any room left on this bandwagon?
Am I too late?
Commit your actions to the Lord and your plans will succeed.
Proverbs 16:3 NLT
I’ve committed time and time again. But I pick up what I’ve handed over. We do that, don’t we? We reclaim what He’s called us to surrender. We fix our eyes on the results instead of focus on the process. We cling to our inability instead of trust in His sufficiency.
We want a glimpse of what we might never see and lose sight of what is right in front of us.
If God is writing the plan on our hearts – if He has set the work before us – then why do we doubt our qualifications to complete it?
As if our Creator doesn’t know it will be hard and will supply our strength. Like our High Priest can’t see that we’re scared and meet us with the courage. As if our Redeemer is not aware of our doubt and will confirm our faith.
Whatever the need, our God is able to supply it. He is able. He. Is. Able.
That’s the real commitment, isn’t it? Believing that no matter what obstacles we face – He is able. That with God, we can overcome. That success is truly achieved when our plans become His plans for us.
Even if they don’t look the way we think they should.
I may feel one step behind – but perhaps that’s exactly where God wants me. Behind Him, instead of in front of Him. Pursuing Him instead of running past. Waiting instead of rushing. Facing the opposition, laboring in faith, and believing Him for the outcome.
Trusting (again, still, always,) that His plan is better.
*This post is part of the Five Minute Friday link-up. This incredible community of writers participate in a weekly five-minute-free-write. It is purposed to be unedited – but my Type A personality binds me to a quick refinement and spell check. Most importantly it’s an opportunity to pour our hearts on the page over one pre-selected word prompt. This weeks word is: plan. To learn more about this free write challenge, visit Kate and the crew over here.