|Do you have a calendar with all your appointments and schedules? Are you a list maker and do you need to know your plans way in advance to sleep well? My calendar is sacred. When I used a paper calendar at home when my kids were little, NO ONE was allowed to write on it with ink except for me. Period. End of story. Now our life and my mom’s life are on my Google Calendar. I like to plan. I’ve been known to write my grocery list by aisle and I plan out the quickest, least speed-bumped way through a parking lot. I love games where thinking ahead and planning is beneficial. I’ve learned over the years and through many life-lessons that my planning must be placed at the feet of God before I plunge ahead.
Can you think back to a time where you could clearly see God’s hand in your plans? Have you ever been saved from yourself? Years ago, we made an offer on a house, and when we didn’t get that house, I couldn’t understand. We had been praying that our house would meet certain criteria. This house met all of them. I was so mad at God for not letting us move forward to make that house our home. More than 20 years later, I occasionally drive past that house and all I can think about is how awesome is God that He saved us from that house. He had something so much better in mind.
Charging ahead can get us in trouble and it’s dangerous. My grandson is 18 months old. He loves to run ahead of us on a walk. He’s quick and very “slippery.” When his mom opens the front door, he has a plan. But you can be sure his mother will control his steps — otherwise, he’ll be in the street in the blink of an eye. It’s because she loves him that she must be in charge to keep him safe.
Proverbs 16:9 says, “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.”
Like my grandson, we must submit to The One who saves. We can charge ahead thinking, “I’ve got this,” only to find out that there is a better way. If we are willing to submit our plans to God, He can (and will) correct our path and give us what is best for us. I have to admit that I don’t always know what’s best for me. Because God knows me and knows my future … I can be sure the steps He sets my feet to are the best. I have drug my feet at times knowing where God wanted to move me, and my delay was actually keeping me from blessings God had for me.
I’ve had times where I really sought after God and His will, only to feel like I didn’t hear from Him. In these instances, I go back to the last thing He told me to do and I keep doing that until He tells me otherwise. That word will come from reading Scripture, listening to sound teaching, and having Christ-centered conversations with other believers.
Psalm 37:23,24 says, “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.
Recently I took my sweet boy on a walk through his neighborhood and he got too far ahead for my comfort. I called loudly to him several times before he stopped and turned toward me. I walked right up to him, knelt down, and firmly told him he needed to obey. Who knows how much that squishy brain took in, but I do know that he obediently held my hand the remainder of the walk. Like a “NayNay” walking beside and protecting him, so God does with me. He’ll do that with you too.
Are you anxious or afraid for your next steps? Are you making plans? Just remember to allow God to hold your hand. He’ll only lead you to places that are best for you. I encourage you to look up Jeremiah 29:11 in a translation you don’t normally read. Let it sink in, it’s for real. You should mark that on your calendar.
Rene Reed began her 14-year tenure at SVC as a Jr. High/High School “monitor” (campus supervisor). For the past several years, she has been the assistant to Mrs. Jensen. She is also the California Junior Scholarship Federation (CJSF) Advisor.
Mrs. Reed and her husband Andy (“Prince Charming”) have been married for 29 years and are the proud parents of SVC alumna Jenna (Class of 2012) who is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity (MDiv), from Princeton Theological Seminary. In her spare time, Mrs. Reed enjoys cooking, cheering on the Texas Longhorns football team, and spending time with her two grandsons. A little-known fact: she is an 80’s hair metal rock fan!
You may reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.