This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on a one-word prompt. The prompt today is “ahead”.
I’ve always been a planner.
I like to know what lies ahead, and I like to plan for it. Give me a task and a deadline, and I can see how to make it happen.
It’s the same with driving. I like to look up directions and know the route I’m going to travel in advance, instead of following a sat-nav or a person in front.
The challenge of 2020 is that a route map doesn’t exist. None of us have been this way before, so none of us know what lies ahead.
Having picked up the pieces of my shattered plans for this year (like everyone else in the world) and tried to piece them together into something workable, the last week has seen two of them fall apart all over again.
It’s disappointing and it’s frustrating (and in one of the cases it’s extremely unfair), but that’s 2020…
Actually, in reality, that’s life. 2020 has just highlighted it more. Despite our best-laid plans, we never truly know what lies ahead.
Proverbs 16:9 reminds us that “We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.”
Why he’s determined them this way, I have no idea, but there is comfort in the fact that he is still in charge and he knows what lies ahead.
And already I’ve seen a glimpse of that in an unexpected opportunity which I may not have had time to take had my original plans worked out.
I’m grateful to have something to focus on, something to get excited about.
So now I need to plan…
…but I also need to give up my desire to see the entire route in advance, and trust that God will show me, one step at a time.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” (Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT)