Not According to Plan


What will you do when your life pivots in ways you didn’t anticipate?

Proverbs 19:21 says, “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.” Ever a morning person, by the time I’m done brushing my teeth my mind is typically racing with my to-do list. I have to start my prayer time praying for the quietness of mind so that I can pray. The plans in my mind are many. And regularly, they don’t pan out the way I think they will. I see this verse at work in the micro-details of each day. How much greater over the arc of a lifetime. How often plans veer off our idealized course in this life! The question we must reckon with daily is how will we respond to the purposes of the Lord?

Do you find yourself with an acceptance letter for graduate school at a point you had hoped you would be accepting a marriage proposal? Do you wish you were dating, but instead spend your Friday evenings mentoring a young teenager from church? Do you wish you were soaring in your career, but find yourself on the low rung of the ladder or in a field unrelated to your field of studies? Are you a newly married woman suddenly expecting an unexpected baby? Or possibly you’re wondering if you’ll ever be able to conceive. Whatever your circumstances, things regularly don’t go according to plan. That’s the norm in this fallen world.

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One thought on “Not According to Plan

  1. A good read. As John Lennon put it, “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans”.

    I agree with the tenor of this piece, but we start much too late at teaching it. If, instead, we train our young adults that these sorts of things not only can happen, but do, it might be able to have them better able to manage when (to change the metaphor) life pitches them a curve ball.


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