How many times have you made a plan? A plan to do anything, hang out with friends, go on a vacation, maybe even college planned years in advance. Out of all of your plans how many went exactly as planned? I’m willing to bet it isn’t many. It could take a number of things to stop you from doing something you planned on. Could be the rain, unexpected expenses or something extreme like the loss of a job or someone one passing away.
This is basically my life right now. As soon as I think I figured it out, BOOM! Something blows up in my face and now my entire plan is gone. Now before any of you get ahead of yourselves, no my wife is not pregnant. My life just hasn’t gone as planned, and although I typically roll with the punches pretty well in the moment, it’s the long hull that gets to me. What did I do wrong? How did I not see this coming? And the self blame and pity begins. Now we typically like to justify ourselves in these situations and think it is okay to get angry or upset, but isn’t this exactly what we were told would happen?
James 4:14-16 says “Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit” yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogance.”
We like to make all of these plans yet we do not know what tomorrow will bring. We don’t know what will happen in the next 5 minutes. So why do we get so upset when things don’t go as we planned? When you make those plans for your life you are relying on you to make them happen but what it comes down to is you have no control over your life. How different would our lives be if we took the attitude of “If the Lord wills we will live and do this or that.”? Then who are you relying on for your plans? This happened to Paul in Acts 16, Paul wanted to go to Asia but the Holy Spirit stopped him. Did Paul throw a fit because life wasn’t going as planned? No, Paul continued to seek the Lord’s guidance and he continued to preach the gospel. Maybe it’s God leading you somewhere else that you didn’t see coming.
Next time your plans blow up in your face remember to seek the will of the Lord.
Better yet, seek the will of the Lord before your plans blow up.