Pressure to Plan

July 10, 2017

In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps. –Proverbs 16:9 NIV, emphasis mine

Have you ever wished that there were more than 24 hours in a day?

Sometimes it feels like our to-do lists will never get done, and it seems like once we check off one task, two more are added.

Those who know me see that I am the most particular person about planning. I drive myself crazy at least 30 times a day. I love when things are neat, clean, and go according to plan. I always have a plan … and if I don’t, something is seriously wrong.

Yet, the adjectives “neat” and “clean” have never been used to describe life. Life doesn’t fit in my planner, and neither does God; God does not want to be put in a box or penciled in. He wants to be a priority. And planning becomes so much less of a hassle when God guides those plans for you.

I have felt led by God, after being at Auburn for two years, to transfer schools. Let me just say, this absolutely did not fit into my schedule. I continuously told God “no,” but it was because, like the Proverb, I was planning my course in my own heart. According to my own wants. According to what I thought I needed. Meanwhile, God was establishing His own steps and plans for me.

Once I quit saying no and simply said yes, it was amazing the weight that was lifted off of me. I never knew how heavy that weight was. I had wrestled, struggled, and tried to fight God. I didn’t want to make a change – I didn’t want Him to interfere with my plans.


This is often hard to admit because I claim to love the Lord, but do I love Him enough to give Him everything? Even the secret pieces of my heart that I want to keep and claim for myself? Scripture continually reminds us to let God’s will rule our lives.

Actions speak louder than words. We can talk all day about how we want to live out God’s purposes for us, but if we aren’t letting Him establish every step, there is no point. His will is perfect and complete. His ways are higher than ours. In Ephesians 3:20, we are reminded that He is able to do “immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine.” We cannot comprehend the lengths of how much detail and thought God has put into each and every one of our lives.

I would encourage you to put down the planner. Put away the to-do lists. Live each day with eager expectancy that God is working for our good – that He is good … and that He is not finished with you just yet.

Our plans may seem great, but His are far, far greater.

All my love,


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