If there is one thing that my father always taught me growing up, it was to plan. Whether I was transitioning to a new school or preparing for a career, dad’s advice was always, “have a plan and have a strategy.”
For a while I did not put these instructions into action and in hindsight I believe that lack of planning and preparation led me into a lot of unnecessary trials. Of course, “…all things work together for the good,” but even God stresses the benefits of using wisdom and honoring your parents instruction.
In the last couple of years I have learned to adapt what my father taught me growing up. Planning has since become a huge part of my life. I keep a day planner with me pretty much at all times and, at work, I like to keep a daily-agenda notebook. For personal projects I create elaborate documents and task-lists to keep me on track and I send myself quick to-do texts numerous times throughout the week.
I talk about some of my strategies in my blog post Write the Vision and Make it Plain and perhaps I’ll do a more in-depth post about organization tips in the future. If this is something you would like to see, please comment below.
So dad was right…planning works. Not only does it allow me to continuously progress but it also gives me a sense of control in my day-to-day circumstances.
But what happens when God disrupts your plans?
A prime example of this was my hospital scare, I talk about this in my article My Crazy Hospital Experience.
But just recently I had another experience where God was like, “your plans are cute, but I have something else in mind.”
Maybe you are like me. I have so many ideas all the time…and when I have an idea something in me just wants to execute them all right away. The beautiful thing is, I believe God births these ideas inside of us and inspires us with the passions that he gifts us with.
When I started this blog I immediately wanted to start a couple of film initiatives and even start pursuing a larger business idea. I had numerous meetings and plans established for all of these endeavors. Everything was running so smoothly and then, within two days, all of these plans began to fall apart. Meetings all of a sudden weren’t lining up and I even received a flat out “no” for a business application I worked incredibly hard on.
I pondered these situations in my heart, inquiring in my spirit about what was going on until I received a simple answer from God.
“Write,” he said.
I immediately felt a sense of peace. Even though the situations I was experiencing were disappointing in the natural, I know that God has the final say in my life. When a person says, “no” it’s only because God has allowed them to, or possibly even instructed them to.
Either way, it is up to us to trust that God’s hand is always manipulating the plan to work out within his will. So I adjusted my priorities and started to gather all of the writing projects God placed on my heart and made a point to focus solely on these things.
Planning has it’s benefits, and while we plan we must constantly keep an ear attuned to God.
We must be willing to turn when God says turn, and even stop and wait, if that’s what he is directing you to do. Our plans must be wrapped in God, beginning and ending with him for he is “the alpha and omega,” (Rev 1:8) and he promises to bring us to an “expected end.” (Jer. 29:11)
And this “expected end” is the goal, “the mark for the prize of the high calling in Christ Jesus,” (Phil 3:14). Our plans, like my elaborate task-lists, should all be created with that in mind…to reach the “expected end.”
REMEMBER…we don’t fully know what that is, only God does.
He says, “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts,” Is. 55:9.
Allow God to change your plans, because when he does he is directing you where you are ultimately trying to get to anyways.
“Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.” Prov. 16:2
With Love Always,
Tiffany Trawick ♥