Getting to work and class on time is a serious crap shoot. I can either be 25 minutes early or 15 minutes late, which is why I just leave 40 minutes early, even though it could potentially be a 15 minute drive. If I get there early, then I just get some time with the Lord, so I win either way.
Anyways, I came upon this passage earlier last week from Proverbs 3:21-26, and have been thinking about it since. This comes from the NLT, which I’m not a super huge fan of, but do read occasionally.
“My child, don’t lose sight of good planning and insight. Hang on to them, for they will fill you with life and bring you honor and respect. They keep you safe on your way and keep your feet from stumbling. You can lie down without fear and enjoy pleasant dreams. You need not be afraid of disaster or the destruction that comes upon the wicked, for the Lord is your security. He will keep your foot from being caught in a trap.”
I like this passage, because it reminds me that it’s important to plan. Now, I’m not a J by any means (Myer’s Briggs) but as I’ve matured and grown up, I’ve realized that it’s not just good to plan but even beneficial for my well-being to go into situations with some plan, even if God decides to go another route. By having some plan, I’m not scrambling around last minute and can focus on the task at hand better, rather than being distracted with thinking about what I need to do, if that makes any sense. This verse has helped me as I’ve thought through what I wanted to accomplish in a family therapy session last week, but remains applicable for everything.
Now the flip side is that my rest and security is ultimately in God’s sovereignty. The point isn’t to plan so rigidly so as to prevent God from working through me, but to hold my plans with an open hand for God to bless or take away. My security is in God, not my plan. But peace also comes from planning.
Yah, I’ve had to wrestle my way through thinking about this too. :-)