The thing about being a first-born, type-A, chronic planner is that you tend to make plans…lots of plans. After awhile you might even get pretty good at it. In fact, you might become convinced that you can accomplish anything if you simply have the right plan.
As any good planner will tell you, nothing ruins a good plan like an unforeseen interruption, especially one beyond our control–a sick child, a flooded basement, a 45-minute detour due to road construction. Any number of things can throw your plans off track and send a type-A person like myself into near hysteria. Not a pretty picture, I assure you.
My life and plans were rudely interrupted with a single word: cancer.
I didn’t plan for it.
I didn’t want it.
And there was not much I could do about it.
I was shaken, and I needed Someone who would be unshakable.
Thankfully, I happen to know Someone whose plans are never interrupted. He’s never caught off guard by my circumstances or worried about how a situation will turn out. In fact, He says things like:
I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. (Jeremiah 29:11, The Message)
I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. (Psalm 32:8, NLT).
So, when my plans crumble in the face of unforeseen circumstances, I can be sure that God doesn’t worry. He doesn’t fret.
When I am anxious that God is not answering my prayer at the moment I expected Him to, or in the way I hoped He would, I can be confident that He doesn’t need to rush or hurry.
I can rest knowing He has a plan…and it is unshakable!