“For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you home and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
We all have those days when everything seems to go wrong. Our plans are constantly thwarted and we can’t figure out what is happening. Our seemingly bright, well-planned day is sabotaged. We feel lost, perhaps annoyed, or just downright angry. But what if I told you there is a way to avoid this disappointment altogether? Better yet, what if I told you it involved not planning your day at all, but, rather, letting the day come to you.
I realized this was part of the reason why I was having trouble falling asleep at night! I was trying to orchestrate the next days events in my head, stressed out about how the day might unfold. It was misguided energy and it was making me tired! I wasn’t trusting God, and I wasn’t trusting myself. I thought I had to plan out everything to the T, otherwise I would forget everything that needed to be done. So I started doing something simple. I started redirecting that energy by placing my trust in God. I imagined him saying something like, “We’ll cross that bridge when we get to it”. I got in the habit of doing this every time my thoughts started to wander off.
And low and behold, instead of waking up immediately stressed out about which task I should tackle first–chores, food prep, gym, homework, or devotional time (which should always come first, but admittedly doesn’t always), I just ask God, what do you want me to do right now? This gives me the ability to slow down, take a breath, and realize that not everything needs to get done right now. There is a time and a place for everything.
“For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts higher than your thoughts. The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry. It is the same with my word, I send it out and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.” (Isaiah 55:9-11)
I pray that I continue to concede to God’s plans. I pray that even when a sudden rainstorm dampens my plans, I will remember to look for the rainbow that’s sure to follow, and that I will be reminded of who is in charge. I pray that I can continue to build my trust in you, God. And I thank you in advance for the blessings this trust will bring. Right now the seas are calm, and I’m grateful. I pray that when the storms come, for I know they will, that my roots will stay firmly planted in you.