O LORD, you are my God;
I will exalt you and praise your name,
for in perfect faithfulness
you have done marvelous things,
things planned long ago.
I am a planner person. You will rarely find me without my trusty little leather bound companion which I dote over painstakingly planning the days and weeks ahead like a master chess player strategizing each move in a championship game.
It’s no surprise then when I see my day unravel, like a stray ball of yarn discovered and enjoyed by a playful kitten, I get a bit miffed.
This is one of the reasons it brings me great comfort and peace to remember my God is the one who is The Master Planner. He is not surprised nor taken aback by the unraveling of my day. He does not get angry at mischievous kittens or unraveled yarn balls. He does not take pleasure in disturbing my peace.
Unless the peace I am seeking is a peace that comes apart from Him.
A peace that seeks to usurp His purpose and plan for my days and comes from the hand of flesh. A worldly peace. A false god. Or in a word: idol.
This is what the LORD says:
Cursed is the one who trusts in man,
who depends on flesh for his strength
and whose heart turns away from the LORD.
See, the one who is The Master Planner is also the one who brings peace and who is Peace itself.
When I start counting on the plans I have made, my peace is in danger. When my confidence begins to depend on the outcome of my plans, I am headed for trouble. When I start to look longer at my planning pages than longingly gaze into the eyes of my beloved, the one who loves me and knows the beginning from the end, who holds my days and plans firmly in His grasp, I am my missing out on my life’s true purpose.
So what’s a girl to do?
Do I throw away that precious, portable partner that travels with me everywhere, capturing my plans, thoughts, goals and ideas? I think not. But I purpose to plan my days prayerfully, with The Master Planner by my side. I am learning that as I surrender my plans and days to Him and trust Him who is my peace for every moment planned and especially for the ones that are unplanned, my peace and confidence is rightly placed. My miff factor is actually decreased and the sweet little kitten that messes with my yarn, well I can laugh and roll with that, too.
“But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
whose confidence is in him.
For he himself is our peace…
This is Day 12 of the series Planning with Purpose: 31 Days of Planner Tips
I wrote an INTRO POST here explaining everything!
I have also made designated a PAGE for it. Hope this makes it easy. I am happy to tackle a topic, or issue with regard to your planner habits.
Feel free to leave a comment or e-mail me.
I pray this series is a blessing to you.
*This particular post was first written for 5 Minutes for Faith in 2012 as a guest contributor post (before I was a regular contributor) and is one of the first “Planner” posts I wrote!
Sunday’s during this series are a break from the week structured post formats and meant to be devotional in nature.
Happy Sunday, Friends.
7 thoughts on “The Master Planner and Me”
Good one Dawn! Really hit home for me, God is in control. Period! No matter what path we take, He will walk beside us & take care of working out the details if we aren’t able. Coming home from Goshen Thursday I asked my husband if it would be okay with him for me to find him a driver for Friday. He said yes, but it was awful short notice. When we got home, there was an email from a friend who volunteered to drive on Friday. Then on Friday I called his surgeon to see if the last follow-up appointment was really necessary as Dave has appointments daily in Goshen & I wasn’t sure he could stand the trip to his office in the same day. The nurse was insistent that he come, so not wanting to risk the insurance not taking care of things I changed the appointment to Wednesday since there is only one appointment in Goshen that day. Friday evening I got a call from another friend who offered to drive us to the second appointment which is 60 miles in the opposite direction from the first. God is good & He works out all the details! Praise God!!!
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Praying for you and hub, Ann and so glad that you see His provision and perfection. Hugs, Dawn
I totally understand. This is good counsel, and I think Proverbs also captures what you are saying:
In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps. (16.9) We plan, but with a loose hand.
Love your posts, Dawn, and am glad you are planning them out. One thought might be to leave one day “plan-less” and see what God lays on your heart that very day, and then write it. Might be an interesting exercise. =]
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Do I dare confess right now, Lynn that I do that, LYnn? lol God and I have many spontaneous adventures…you have no idea. The planner is needed because I also need to keep my feet on the ground and walk through this life…and remember that …and the Proverbs verse I have planned for another post! You are the best, thank you for walking with me through this!
Ah……true confessions! And dare I tell you that you made me LOL?! Too funny. Yuo see, I”m living my purpose in encouraging transparency when you are writing a tell-all response! Love it! So you are like me, huh–flying by the seat of your pantyhose?! Fly on!
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