friend of mine is fond of saying, "Life
is what happens when you're making other
plans." This quaint little saying
seems to be not only an outline of the
recent turn of events in my life, but
also words of wisdom.
much I like a plan, a clear set of expectations,
something solid that I can look forward
to. God, however, wants us to trust him,
not our plans. And that should be enough.
My struggle is often over letting go of
searching "God's will" (ie.
my action plan approved by God) and rather
just seeking God. For what God desires
is not to be my consultant of my business
partner, but my friend.
today and being content with what we have
been given is not only a wise suggestion
but a commandment from God. "Why,
you do not even know what will happen
tomorrow. What is your life?... Instead
you ought to say, 'If it is the Lord's
will we will live and do this or that'"
(James 4: 14,15). My great-grandmother
used to add the words "Lord-willing"
to the end of every plan she made. She
never said, "We'll have a picnic"
without adding the words "Lord-willing"
to the end of the sentence. What a wonderful,
comforting perspective for life, for it
assures us if it does not happen it is
because it was not in God's will!
just for today can be difficult when we
have an illness, because we are put in
the position of trying to predict what
a medication may do to us, positively
or negatively. We must plan for our financial
stability and we have concerns about who
will care for our children or aging parents,
if we are unable to assist. Chronic illness
is often degenerative, which can throw
us into a lifetime of going through the
grief cycle every time that we lose another
ability. Just as we must not look too
far forward, however, we also must not
dwell on the past. This is why we are
told "Do not say, 'Why were the old
days better than these?' For it is not
wise to ask such questions'" (Ecc.
did not simply tell us not to worry about
tomorrow and then let us be, however.
He promised his strength for all of the
days of our life. As the hymn says, "Because
He lives, I can face tomorrow, because
He lives, all fear is gone..." Although
we may feel as though our bones are growing
weak and the affliction is overwhelming
(Psalms 31:10), "It is God who arms
me with strength and makes my way perfect"
(2 Samuel 22:33).
we must remember that God is always in
control. Everything we encounter in life
has been "Father-filtered."
"When times are good, be happy; but
when times are bad, consider: God has
made the one as well as the other..."
Therefore, a man cannot discover anything
about his future" (Ecc. 7:13,14).
When God is in control, we can surrender
our plans and know that He has promised
us his best for our lives.