The Way Ahead

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)

18 thoughts on “The Way Ahead

  1. My husband is a planner, I am not a super plan ahead person. I got a few things on my calendar but other than that I just go with the flow. However, it felt like 2020 didn’t even allow for any planning at all. We never knew what the next day was going to bring. Thank God for His word and His wonders that we get to look ahead too. (visiting from FMF #15)

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    1. Yes, it is hard, but it can help our faith to grow! P.S. I commented on your blog, but my comment seemed to disappear. It might be in your spam folder. I’ve had this happen a couple of times at your site.

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  2. I can relate to this – I’m also a planner, and like to ‘know’ but I am learning to let go and depend on God that He ‘knows’ and that is all sufficient 🙂 Hope your new opportunity is a real blessing to you!

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  3. I am also a planner. I love making a list and checking things off of it. To be honest, my lists just look a little different these days. I love your renewed focus to trust God with your tomorrows and your today. Keep growing toward Him.

    Amie, FMF #20

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  4. I pray that there might be a road
    (and pray the thought’s not folly)
    that leads to where I drop this load
    in somewhere, maybe Bali.
    It’s not that I am indolent
    (at least that is my hope!),
    but cancer’s pain’s insistent;
    I’m at the end of this, my rope,
    and long for somewhere that’s ahead,
    somewhere I can rest;
    dear God, must I wind up dead
    before I pass this test?
    Or can I please enjoy the balm
    of gin beneath a shady palm?

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