Friday, March 27, 2020

Write Your Plans in Pencil

By: Sarah Geringer 

Many are the plans in a person’s heart,
    but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.

Proverbs 19:21 NIV

Our family's April 2020 calendar has almost completely changed. I'm sure your plans have also changed in light of this pandemic.

No St. Louis Cardinals opening day game for my hubby to attend.

All high school baseball games cancelled indefinitely for my oldest son.

My trip to Nashville to meet up with amazing women of God is postponed.

Maybe your plans for birthday parties, proms, graduations, weddings, and vacations have all changed.

Surely your calendar has some disappointments written on it today.

But, do you see what is in the middle of my calendar above?

Good Friday.

That date hasn’t changed.

In all the recent hoopla, you may have forgotten it's the Lenten season. The time when we pause and remember how Jesus suffered on our behalf so we can live as Easter people every day of the year.

God knew in advance the 2020 calendar would change for all of us. It’s no surprise to him. Our calendar is still under the control of the God Who Saves. Though it's hard for us to understand the purpose of this most difficult season, God's purposes and plans are still secure.

Our own plans may be many in number. Plans for the next day, month, year or beyond.

Yet God's purpose prevails over all of our plans.

Friend, we always need to write our plans in pencil. We must hold them loosely to acknowledge God’s ultimate control. We must be willing to erase them without holding a grudge against the Lord of Heaven's Armies, who always knows what is best for us.

May you purpose to spend time in prayer, Bible study, worship and meditation the rest of this Lenten season. I pray that God will reveal his purpose for you in this trying time as you seek him. 

Moving forward, may you write your plans in pencil instead of ink or stone.
Heavenly Father,
Thank you for overseeing every day of my life.
Psalm 139 says all the days of my life were ordained
and written in your book before I came to be.
I confess that I often claim my plans as my own.
I fail to surrender my whole life to you.
Help me write my plans in pencil, Lord.
If you want me to erase them, it must be for my good.
I want to trust you with every detail of my life.
Reveal your purpose for me in this challenging season.
I thank you in advance for all the good things I'll learn in the days ahead.
In Jesus' name,

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Have a wonderful weekend!

Blessings and God's peace to you,

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