when there is no plan.
If you have been around me long, you know that I am a planner.
Too much maybe.
Actually, for sure too much.
All of my ducks are in a row most of the time…and usually color coordinated.
I set goals and I make lists.
I even make lists of my lists.
I thrive in structure.
So when a time of uncertainty or chaos hits, I tend toward panic.
Like say, for instance, right now.
Our future took an unwanted detour off the highway of the known onto the aimless wanderings of the unknown side roads.
Right now life feels similar to that feeling of being lost without GPS.
There is no plan for where we should go from here.
I kind of want to panic.
Because I naturally seek certainty. I desire a new plan. I yearn for our next destination.
Basically, I want God to provide something like google maps for our future (even though I know that’s crazy).
This morning I realized and confessed my pride to God…I asked for forgiveness for my desire to control things when I need to surrender them. While I was there on my knees in repentance, I was gently reminded that:
More than I need to seek certainty for the future, I need to seek the one who holds the future.
More than I need a set destination, I need to trust the one who made the roads.
More than I need a plan, I need to trust God’s promised provision.
And I need to be willing to live in the tension of trust and uncertainty together, as hard as it is.
So today I declare this:
God is Lord over the universe and he is Lord over my circumstances.
My life doesn’t look like chaos to him- he knows exactly what my future holds.
I’m just as secure today with no plan as I was two weeks ago when I had a plan.
God’s got this.
He knows the plans he has for me, and they are good (Jeremiah 29:11).
I’m still firmly in his grip (Isaiah 41:10).
Every minute of my life was planned out before I born, so nothing is a surprise to him (Psalm 139:16).
Starting today, I will seek his presence more than I seek the next step.
And I will willingly and joyfully surrender to whatever he has for me in the future.
I‘m claiming these verses:
Proverbs 16:9, 33: “We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps. We can throw the dice, but the Lord determines how they fall.”
Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. See his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”
Psalm 33:11: “But the Lord’s plans stand firm forever; his intentions can never be shaken.”
Friends, I don’t know where you are on the journey… maybe you are speeding towards a known destination or maybe you are taking an unforeseen detour, but I invite you to choose to trust your future to the God who is Sovereign. Join me in seeking the Father more than you seek what he has for you. Partner with me in trusting that he will lovingly guide you wherever he wants you to go. Let’s do this faith journey together. As always, I love to hear from you. Send me an email or comment below and I will get on my knees for you.
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