I love to plan.
Parties, outfits, celebrations, holidays, gifts, clothes, weekly meals, daily duties, birthdays, Sunday dinners, sacraments, and situations...to name a few. I make lists and lists of decorations, food and gifts before celebrating an event. I don't go crazy, but I do like planning simple things in order to make people feel special.
Then there are the bigger ones. The BIG things that I think I can plan for and try my darnedest to control. Our homes, the number of children we will have, labors and deliveries, our children's personalities, temperaments, education, and vocations.
And while planning is good, productive, and fun....it also makes it difficult for me to trust in GOD'S PLAN.
For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare, not for woe! plans to give you a future full of hope. When you call me, when you go to pray to me, I will listen to you. When you look for me, you will find me. Yes, when you seek me with all your heart, you will find me with you, says the Lord, and I will change your lot; I will gather you together from all the nations and all the places to which I have banished you, says the Lord, and bring you back to the place from which I have exiled you.
Jeremiah 29: 11-14
So why do I spend such crazy amounts of time planning when I know darn well that I have very little control how situations will go or what God has in store for me?
I don't know. I think what I have resolved to do is to be open to God's plan for whatever situation I'm facing, by just being open. Realizing that situations will not go as planned, children will make mistakes and have to learn from them, holiday dinners will be chaotic and there will be fits thrown, no matter how hard I try to control it.
Letting God be a part of my planning will lead to happiness.