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Our Plans vs. His Plans

All of us have a “to do” list a mile long most of the time. It is hard for us to sit down and relax for very long before our minds start wandering to what we need to do. Each morning as I start my day I have a choice. Do I want to let my self-made “to do” list be my master or do I want to let the Lord be my master? Proverbs 19:21 says, “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Daily, I want to slow down and acknowledge that my life has the potential for eternal significance when I relinquish control and ask the Lord to do what He wants to do in and through me instead of focusing solely on the temporal things I feel like I “need” to achieve in a day.

Likewise, most of us are constantly making mental plans. Some of those plans are trivial and some more important. We plan out our work days. We plan what we will do when we are not working. We make plans to have a family. Once we have a family, we are constantly planning our days in order to care for them. We plan where we will go on vacation. We plan for retirement. The list goes on and on. It is not a bad thing to plan ahead, but we have to hold our plans loosely.

John 10:10 tells us that we have an enemy who wants to steal, kill and destroy, but Jesus came so we may have life, life to the full. God’s plans for us are far better than anything we can imagine for ourselves. Even when our plans seem good, we are settling for less anytime we follow the plans in our heart rather than those the Lord has for us. Jeremiah 29:11 reminds us that God knows the plans He has for us and they are plans to prosper us. We want to order our days acknowledging that what the Lord has for us is far better than what we have planned for ourselves. God’s eternal plan is moving forward and will prevail regardless. We choose each and every moment whether we want to be a part of His plan or settle for carrying out our own.

Recently, I took my three children to my college alma mater for the first time. My husband had a prior commitment and couldn’t go with us. I had not been back to visit in over a decade and as we got closer to campus, I started to get a little sentimental. I dated my husband for a short time my freshman year of college, but then I transferred to a different university far from him and we did not stay in contact. We reconnected several years later and ended up getting married. I was reminiscing about God’s faithfulness and provision as I drove and said to my children, “I spent a lot of time thinking about your dad while I was in college here. It’s amazing to think that all these years later I am married to him and am going back to visit with our three beautiful children and a fourth child on the way. God is faithful to give us way more than we could ever ask or imagine when we wait on Him, walk with Him and honor Him with our lives.” I had hardly finished my sentence when my 9 year old interrupted and said, “Mom, are we there yet? How much longer?” Gotta love her keeping it real! The point remains, the times in my life when I have forged ahead with my own plan have sometimes turned out ok and sometimes not. On the other hand, the times in my life that I have known that I was submitted to the plans the Lord had for me have been amazing! They have not always been easy, but they have been rich with His presence and lots of spiritual and personal growth. Those are the things I would not trade! I have to remind myself regularly that those are also the things that the enemy is able to rob me of when I do not lay my plans down before the Lord and ask for His purposes for me to prevail. As we trust the Lord to lead us, resist the temptation to lean on our own understanding and acknowledge Him, He will be faithful to lead us (Proverbs 3:5-6) better than we could ever lead ourselves!

Lord I confess that it is so very tempting to rush through our days without slowing down to ask what You desire for us. Help us slow down and lay our plans at Your feet. Help us to desire You and Your plans above anything else. We know that Your plans are far better than ours!

Stephanie Wimberley

About the Author

Stephanie Wimberley is a devoted wife and mother. She and her husband Josh have been married for 13 years and live in Alpharetta, Georgia. They have four children, Lauren, Luke, Grant and Claire. Stephanie is passionate about knowing God through his word and living for his glory. She writes devotions for Birds on a Wire, a non-profit ministry designed to minister to moms through encouragement, truth and community. Stephanie graduated from Samford University with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and worked as a pharmacist prior to starting her family.