When Plans Change: Looking Back 10 Years
Ten years ago this summer I met Michelle. One day later I came to New Orleans for the first time. I had a plan for my life and it did not include Michelle or living long term in New Orleans. I was going to spend the summer in NOLA and then prepare for a life overseas. Michelle was living in another country, and we continued living in separate countries for the first 20 months of our dating relationship.
Plans are important. I love planning. I have an addiction to planning. It comes naturally to me. It gives me purpose and direction. It helps me accomplish goals in my personal and professional life. The problem I find is that life has a way of interrupting our plans. The Bible tells us in Proverbs 16:9,
In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.
Although planning is an essential part of life, I
have learned am continuing to learn the following:
- I’m not in control. This is not always easy to remember, but it is true.
- It is good that I’m not in control. It is important to separate this from the first point. It is hard to come to this realization.
- I must leave room for interruptions. They are going to happen. No, you cannot plan them, but you can count on them. Having margin in your life is key.
- Plans are good. I am not saying that we should not plan. Plans give vision and allow us to dream. We just cannot worship our plans.
- God can be trusted. I am so glad that this is true. Although I love planning, submitting those plans to God is a must.
My love for my wife and for New Orleans began 10 years ago. I could not have planned it better.
Please share in the comments section one great thing that happened to you because your plans changed.