I’m a planner. I’m guessing it has something to do with one of my primary strengths being responsibility.
Maybe like me, you’ve been taught, “Make your plan; then work your plan.” I’ve done just that. In each season of my life, I’ve made my plan. I have a lifetime of making plans … which God seems to regularly interrupt.
Mary and Joseph had the same thing going on.
“This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 1:18 (NIV)
They made a plan; a plan to get married. But before they did, the Holy Spirit made His move and Mary found herself pregnant with the Son of God. They had a plan … God had a better one.
As we walk with the Lord, it is good and important to have plans; to pray and ask the Lord which direction we are to go and then move in that direction. But we also need to keep all those plans, not in clinched fists holding on tight, but instead in hands wide open. We need to be praying and asking continually for the Lord to guide and direct our steps as He promises in Psalm 37:23-24,
“The Lord makes firm the steps
of the one who delights in him;
though he may stumble, he will not fall,
for the Lord upholds him with his hand.”
So we make our plans, continually keeping our ears open to the direction or redirection of the Lord, trusting that He is directing us. And when our plans are changed, like they have been in before and as they were for Mary and Joseph, we won’t be thrown off. Instead, we will rehearse God’s faithfulness in our past and build our confidence on the trust He will be faithful again.
Lord, I’m looking for Your direction, asking for the guidance that You promise those who love you. Lead me in my next steps, all the while, having my heart and mind ready for Your redirection at any time. Whether its continuing in the direction I’ve gone or a way that is entirely new, I’m trusting and ready to obey. Amen