I had the day all planned. Despite a few morning appointments and a quick stop to pick up a few on-sale school items, the afternoon was FREE of outside obligations. I had some chores to get done and of course homeschooling, but Thursday is park/library day. The day the kids and I love as we enjoy the swings, slides, and then beat the heat with time in the library. The kids love it and we have our special friend who always stops what he’s doing to read to the kids. Then because of the heat advisory, an evening run through the sprinklers was planned.
Then somebody felt a little warm. Too warm. 102.8 degrees warm.
Can you hear the screeching tires on the afternoon? It was shortly followed by a deep mom sigh. I have difficulty with disruptions to MY plans. This is one of the first lessons of living beyond yourself. To set aside my selfish ways. It isn’t wrong to make plans. Or to have a daily to-do list. However, it’s a mom and wife fail to have a great big pity party because things don’t go your way. This may or may not be my typical reaction to a change of plans:
I stomp around and slam doors.
Real mature, right? Today was different. Why? Because of my desire to listen to what God has to say about plans. Here’s a little of what I’ve learned so far.
1. Plans CAN and WILL be changed.
This is such a silly lesson, because my plans get changed all the time. It is not what I wanted today to look like, but it’s what God had planned for today. He knew Henry wouldn’t be feeling his best.
2. Changed plans are GOOD plans.
I made a list several days ago of all things that bring me joy. One of the items at the top is cuddles with my kids. What does a sick kid, even one that is 4, want the most? Mom’s arms wrapped around him in love, or her shoulder to lean on. The bag still packed from last weeks trip to grandma and grandpa’s is still waiting to be unpacked. The towels still need folded. However, it feels good to give comfort to my sick boy. It gives me joy.
3. I may have forgotten one teeny tiny thing.
Oh that’s right. God’s ways are higher then my ways. If my plans go awry then they weren’t the best plans for today. How can I argue with the creator of all things. Notice the verse says to commit what you do to the Lord and He will establish your plans. In the original Hebrew language in which it was written, commit means to turn over. This word, galal, is best explained this way: “Here it is not the course of our life that is the focus, but the deeds that we do. We “roll” our works upon the Lord, when we strive diligently to do those things that please Him. We do this when we trust that He will be pleased with our efforts whether others appreciate them or not. When we do this the text tells us that then our “thoughts will be established.” That is, we can have peace of mind in knowing that God is pleased with our efforts.” My goal everyday should not to get one more thing is checked off the list, make sure I have a delicious meal cooked and waiting at 6:30 for Shawn’s arrival, or to get my kids to the park. My goal is to please the Lord. Then I will know and experience peace. And with 4 kids, I could use more peace.
How do you react when your plans are thwarted? Could you use an “establishment” of your plans?