Excessive Planning

I found this entry in my Jesus Calling journal for September 17, and I felt compelled to share it you, dear reader.  I will quote the Journal writing by Sarah Young, then my own reflections to these words.

“You will not find My Peace by engaging in excessive planning; attempting to control  what will happen to you in the future.  This is a commonly practiced form of unbelief.  When your mind spins with multiple plans, Peace may sometimes seem to be within your grasp; yet it always eludes you.  Just when you think you have prepared for all possibilities, something unexpected pops up and throws things into confusion.

“I did not design the human mind to figure out the future.  That is beyond your capability.  I crafted your mind for continual communication with Me.  Bring Me all your needs, your hopes and fears.  Commit everything into My care.  Turn from the path of planning to the path of Peace.”

       1 Peter 5:6-7;   Proverbs 16:9;   Psalm 37:5

Lord Jesus, how greatly I rely on your spontaneous giving – making the day and the future shape out to Your will – not always mine.  I have learned that to think I can plan out my future in detail is a fallacy.  You and only You, dear God, will mark out what my future looks like.  I accept that future and Your will as my will.  I find delight in the way my future unfolds before me.  I can make “tentative” plans for a week or two ahead, but Your plans, Father God, are what I await to see unfold for me.  And for this I am grateful.  Amen.

 

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