So I am not a planner, I am more of a fly by the seat of my pants kinda girl, who lives life by the moment. I'm working on a Bachelors degree in Business Organizational Management and I have no plans of what I am going to do with it when I finish. Well about 5 months ago, the love of my life asked me to be his bride & so I have been forced to plan . . . A wedding. At first I was so excited and on this super "planning high" but now I am counting down the days until it's here so I can be DONE with wedding planning. It's just so much pressure and so much to think about . . . It makes me want to pull out all my hair. How anyone actually enjoys it, I do not understand. But I understand there are people who are really good at planning & actually thinks it's fun. What?!
I'm not a good planner but thankfully I have someone who is. Jesus. He has so many plans for me that He has put so much thought and love into it. All I have to do is trust His plan and be willing to follow it.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 ESV
I'm so stressed about having to plan that I have not given my fears over to the Master planner. God knows I'm an awful planner, He understands that I would much rather just someone tell me what to do then think about what color shoes the flower girls should wear or what size of the door a wreath hangs on. But through this experience I have been able to see the areas where I lack trust. I know that God can make this wedding the best but am I willing to trust that He will?!
I am also learning that as much as I plan, nothing will ever workout as well without God in the mix. He's like the secret ingredient that makes all things mesh together perfectly.
I am so grateful to serve a God who knows that I suck at planning and also that I can rest in the fact He's got my back. His plan for me and my life is better (& much more organized) than I could ever dream of. He wants me to be happy and He wants good things for me!
I am by no means saying that we shouldn't plan or prepare ourselves for life. What I am saying is that we should rest assured that God's plan is best and seek to follow it with all of our hearts.
No matter how hard we try, we will never be able to out plan God. He will always prevail so we might as well just jump on board & 'plan' to do whatever it is He asks us to, knowing that good things will follow.
We were chosen for a plan and for a purpose & in the middle of the craziness of life sometimes we may need to step back and see where we are putting our hope. If it's in ourselves or others, we've lost sight of God's plan.
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” 1 Peter 2:9 ESV
This verse makes me feel so good about who I am in Him. Royal. Chosen. No longer in darkness. & walking in HIS light. Even if I'm a bad planner and being a bridezilla, He still wants me. No matter what wild ride of life I'm on.. I have to choose to trust Him and rest in the hope of His plan.
I can't plan this wedding with out Him. I can't leave Him out of any other planning in my life either. He's the secret ingredient & I don't want to leave Him out because it will never be as good as it could be with Him intertwined into it.
So whether you are an awesome planner or a horrible one, don't forget to 'plan' to trust in the One who has everything under control.
“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.” Ephesians 1:7-10 ESV
Have a great week & keep seeking His perfect plan!
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.