Wednesday, July 29
Never was there a verse or nugget of wisdom more fitting for the days we are living in than Proverbs 19:21.
“Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.” (ESV)
Honest confession: I’m a planner. Perhaps it comes with the territory of being the eldest child of seven children or maybe it was just the way I was wired since birth, but I’ve always felt it important to have plans A, B, and C in my back pocket if needed. Planning has always been a friend to me. We’ve walked through life hand-in-hand with our handy dandy notebook and full-year calendar. My eyes light up when looking at the fresh possibilities of a blank calendar, and I get even more excited when I’m color-coding my plans and making lists.
Now before I lose all of you who live by the seat of your pants, let me tell you how much I admire your tenacity for living in the moment. I admire it greatly — it’s just not me. I get really excited when it comes to planning something. I like to think through all the details and layout a plan to make an experience as meaningful and memorable as possible because I’m afraid if I just “wing it”, it won’t be the best. So I’m sure you can imagine how much 2020 has messed with my color-coded calendar. It looks like a grade-school teacher took a big, fat red pen to it and marked it with a gigantic “X”. In fact, I literally threw my calendar away because, at this point, it needs a fresh look.
And that’s when it hit me. My entire outlook needs a fresh start. I keep trying to plan the rest of 2020 both personally and professionally (I’m trying to plan for your kids too at church) but the bullseye keeps moving on me. No amount of color-coding and list building will solve it. It only took this girl five months of being frustrated by the ever-changing plan for school, my daughter’s graduation, my son’s job, our summer vacation, when we regather as a church, what school will look like this fall for my two college students and my high school student with special needs, just to name a few, to recognize that ALL my plans were MINE. How I think things should go. But luckily for me, Someone else has a much better purpose.
God’s purpose was always and will always be to reconcile us to Himself. He wanted to save me. He wanted to save you so we could live in relationship with Him. He didn’t promise a yearly calendar plan that would satisfy all of my earthly desires but He did promise to love me and to continually pursue me even when my plans pulled me in another direction away from Him. So today even though this planner would like some solid next steps so I can plan away, the only thing I need to do is to embrace His purpose.
God, have your way in me … in my family … in our church. Lead us, guide us, and direct us according to Your purposes, not our plans.
Suzi Soares, Family & Special Needs Pastor
Suzi’s heart for Family and Special Needs programming is personal, as a mom to 3 wonderful kids, including a son with autism and epilepsy. She desires for ALL families to have a place to belong, and for ALL children to be supported in a journey to reach their God-given potential. Suzi is married to her husband Alex for 22 years.
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