I will be the first person to admit that I am very possessive of MY schedule. When I make a plan and write down a schedule, I really don’t like unexpected changes. It’s not that I plan my day out hour by hour or minute by minute. That’s a bit too rigid for me.
I just have an idea of what needs to get done, how and when (approximately) I’d like to get it done. Any upset and I am easily irritated and annoyed.
The truth is as much as I pray for God to guide my day and show me the steps to take, I want Him to work within MY schedule.
Yes, that’s right. I said it.
It’s terribly embarrassing to realize my attempts to box the God of the Universe to fit into my tiny little world. It’s actually horrifying.
Am I trying to BE God?
Cuz that puts me right in the ranks of a certain angel who lost his place in the heavenlies and became the mortal enemy of God and humanity.
So in praying today, after coming to the realization that I was trying to control my world and asking God to fit within my guidelines, I had to be really honest about giving God my day and asking Him to guide me. I also had to confess and ask Him to allow me to recognize my pride and need for control.
It goes back to that nasty lie I have believed for so long: “God is not enough.” If He was, I would not question the interruptions of my day but receive them as part of His plan for me…
For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.
~ Jeremiah 29:11 (Amplified)
Knowing that God has thoughts for me – plans for me – plans for welfare and peace – and NOT for evil – I can rest and trust that HE is taking care of me and all the details of my life. I can replace my false belief with the truth and relax with every unexpected blessing He brings my way.
I can make plans and schedule order in my day. But ultimately, it comes down to Proverbs 16:9:
A man’s mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps and makes them sure. (Amplified)
The key to success in my day and schedule, in anyone’s day and schedule, is making plans and giving them to God. He knows our greatest needs – He knows what we need to accomplish and how we can accomplish them. He also knows the “fluff” that we fill our days with and will help us line our priorities up with His.
If you have a tough time – like I do – with making and keeping to a schedule or accomplishing your necessary responsibilities – maybe it’s time to go to God and ask Him for His help minute by minute, hour by hour – and to teach you how to put your plan within HIS plan for you.
P.S. – If you need a practical tool to help you stay on top of your family’s schedule and activities – check out my post at Mommies Coffee Break today! You can’t control every minute of every day, but having order provides some measure of peace. =)