We are gonna play a quick game....if you don’t know me, one thing to know is I love playing games! Here is a quick riddle for you. You can’t buy it with money, but it’s priceless. We never feel we have enough of it, and we take it for granted. What do we have?
I am a planner. I like to have a schedule for the day, check things off as I go and, at the end of the day, feel accomplished for what I have been able to do that day! There is something so gratifying about checking a box, seeing a task started and completed.
A few days ago I had one of those days planned out perfectly. I would take the kids to school, run errands, help my husband, get work done, finish up laundry, etc. Y'all, I had it planned out so well. I even planned 30 minutes of rest time in there...yes, I am slightly OCD. Well, God had other plans. He decided it would be a teaching moment/day for me.
We have been potty training my son for a couple of weeks now and he has been doing great! Even waking up most mornings with a dry pull up! Y’all, between the four kids, we have had one or more children in diapers for nearly ten years, a DECADE! I am done with diapers! Anyway, potty training has been going fairly well....until Monday. Brady decided to have seven “accidents” before noon! My plans for my perfectly planned day quickly flew out the window! I was so frustrated and couldn’t understand why!
Just as quickly as my perfectly laid plans flew out the window, God so gracefully reminded me that I may make plans but He directs my steps. “The mind of man plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9)
What He was showing me was that I wasn’t making room for Him in my day. I would schedule every minute, but I wouldn’t leave room for Him to work. The moment I got off track I was upset, frustrated and felt like a failure. Instead of stopping, praying and saying, “Okay, Lord, this is your day. What do you want me to do?”
We can’t get so caught up in ourselves that we forget that we were made by HIM and for HIM. “For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominoes or rulers or authorities all things have been created through Him and for Him.” (Colossians 1:16) Our lives are not our own,; and, until the day He calls us home, we are here to fulfill His work, prepared beforehand, for us.
I still believe it is okay to plan and make a schedule and get things done, but with the freedom and willingness to allow God to move and change things, knowing He is working. So my challenge for all of you is this - give Him your day, let Him work, be willing to submit to what He has for you. Don’t be too busy with your schedule and miss out on what God has for you!
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