Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.
Proverbs 19:21 NIV
Much of our lives are spent in planning. There is a whole economy structured around creating tools to help us plan, think of all the apps on our electronic devices; calendars, lists, and alerts. We plan in our jobs and our personal lives too, appointments, dinners, and holidays. Where are we going? When do we need to be there? How long will it take? Who else is involved? What do we need to bring? No wonder people are so exhausted.
As much as we plan, as much as we try to get it right, the unexpected still happens. We cannot plan for every contingency. In our planning, we even try to plan for something going amiss. The point is as much as we plan, it's never totally under our control. Our plans are flawed and imperfect.
Whatever plans we make, though, are superseded by God's plans. God's plans are always pure and perfect. His plans come from a perspective of orchestrating all of creation, heaven and earth. His decisions are based on love, and justice, and righteousness.
Should we make plans? Of course, it is, in fact, Biblical. God separated the day into a time of work and rest, and he gave man dominion over the earth. He gave Noah plans to build the Ark, Moses the Tabernacle, and David the Temple. But as we go about making our plans welcome and accept that God is really in charge of EVERYTHING.
God of everything, we give thanks for your plans for us. In that plan was sending Jesus to atone for our sins and offer us deliverance. We pray today that our plans be your plans. May all we do reflect your hand in them. We ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.