Thursday, May 7, 2009

The Ultimate Day Planner

"For everything there is a season,
a time for every activity under heaven.
A time to be born and a time to die.
A time to kill and a time to heal.
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
A time to cry and a time to laugh.
A time to grieve and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a time to turn away.
A time to search and a time to quit searching.
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
A time to tear and a time to mend.
A time to be quiet and a time to speak.
A time to love and a time to hate.
A time for war and a time for peace."
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 NLT

For those of you that know me, this may take you by surprise, but I like to plan. No kidding! I'm a planner. I make the plan and then release it to someone else to get accomplish. Then I start a new plan. And release. The cycle continues. Until, uhg, there's a bump in the road. Man, does that irritate me. I don't remember planning a bump in the road in my plan. Great! Now I need to plan a plan-revision. That definitely wasn't in my plan.

Do you relate to me? Does any of this sound familiar? We are a society of planners--time-fillers. We have Blackberries, laptops, cellphones--to help us to control our time. But what about God? I'm as guilty as the next person. I get so wrapped up with my planning, that I don't always remember to bring God in. To ask Him His blessing, His input. And then, uhg, the infamous bump in the road.

Bumps in the road can be very irritating but they can also be a blessing. A gentle reminder from the LORD, "Hello, I think I have a better plan." And He's right you know. He is the ultimate planner. He created the earth in six days. Pretty impressive resume, don't you think?

If we give our day to the Lord, then we will have the assurance that whatever happens that day, whatever we get accomplished or don't get accomplished, was a part of His divine plan. And with that assurance, comes peace and tranquility. We can release any hurriness, guilt or regret and enjoy the life and people He has blessed us with.

What about you? Who's going to schedule your day? Try trusting Jesus.

"You can make many plans, but the LORD's purpose will prevail." Proverbs 19:21 NLT

"Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:19 NLT