Many plans are in a man’s heart, but the purpose of the LORD will prevail….Proverbs 19:21
I remember a time in my early 20’s when I had my life all figured out. At that time I had determined the age I would be married by when I would buy my first home and about the time I would have my first child. On paper, everything looked great and the longer I held onto my plan the more it became a stumbling block between me and God.
You see, those who are willing to walk in step with the Lord must understand that they cannot run ahead of the Lord; making their own way. Instead, they must resist the temptation to plow through with their own plan and submit themselves to the Father of hope, joy, peace, and purpose.
I have learned to give God to the eraser so that my plans don’t become so important that they become demands of Him. You see, when I walk in step with the Father I can know and understand that, indeed, His loving is holding me. When I am held in the Father’s love, there is no step He will not be with me on. Even in the painful steps of life, His comfort is there to hold us and receive us.
Today, I am living in this place of letting God call the shots. You see, I’m a planner who loves to come up with all her great ideas. Therefore, sometimes my ability to plan out my next steps muddies the waters of how I can really best hear from the Lord. But, I cannot, nor will I ever hear most clearly from God if I am allowing my humanness to capture my heart and mind, because, in my pride, I’ve often thought my ideas are pretty great ones.
I remember as I was journeying throughout the land of Israel in 2011 I really had no idea where I was going. Instead, I had to trust the one who was leading me. Therefore, today I will come with empty hands knowing that my plans are not good ones if they are keeping me from receiving God’s very best.
Lord, I submit to you today. Forgive me for how I have allowed my own ideas and plans to get in the way of truly hearing from you. Lord, I am desperate to hear from you. Speak to your servant, truly, I am listening, in Jesus name, Amen.