I’m a born list maker. A passionate, type-A list maker. The need for uncluttered organization in my life is evidenced by the sheer quantity of baskets and totes I own. They neatly hold my household together behind the scenes. Purging, cleaning and organization thrill me to no end. Maybe it’s the sense of peace it provides in the daily whirl of life that appeals to me so.
Needless to say, planning is my middle name. If it’s not written down, it’s not going to happen. So spontaneity, sadly, doesn’t register much in our daily life. Because it’s not scheduled in. Except, maybe, those spur of the moment trips we make to Whippy Dip down the road. It’s about as fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants as I get. And there’s a slight problem with this. You see, I’m finding God rarely consults my schedule, my to-do list, or my calendar.
He expects me to check in with His. Daily. Moment by moment. And seeing as He’s the King of spontaneity, and has the most fantastic, life-changing occasions scheduled into His plan, it would be wise for me to start lining my day up with His.
As I work my way through Elizabeth George’s book, A Woman After God’s Own Heart, I’m realizing just how much of the seemingly mundane things in my life have the ability to become life-giving, path-instructing, heart-connecting moments with the King. And all it takes is offering up my schedule up for the ultimate plan review. His. I–we, my little loves, and I–are missing out on so much during our day-to-day lives when I fail to check in with the Master planner. Every day has a unique purpose. A unique set of opportunities to grow, to bless, to love, to transform, to impact someone’s forever. If only we’re willing to follow His plan, rather than our own.
It’s hard, but once we taste of the sweet, eternal-tasting bliss of a day lived alongside Him, we won’t want to return to our scheduled, run-of-the-mill existence. Want to join me? Let’s chew on these words this week as we work on trading in our agenda for a day surviving, for His plans of a life of thriving.
We can make our own plans, but the Lord gives the right answer.
People may be pure in their own eyes, but the Lord examines their motives.
Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed. – Proverbs 16:1-3
By Joy McMillan
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