“For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.”James 4:15
It is quite natural for us to make plans throughout our day which some are long-term and some are short- term. I sometimes make plans without reviewing the family calendar, and I sometimes double book myself for events, so I have learned to check in with Rebekah before finalizing plans with someone or at least I attempt to do so. We use to have an erasable board which we used to right down things we had scheduled, so there would be no double booking of nights where we had things to do. I am not sure what happened to this board, but it would be nice to still have it even though Rebekah will send me dates for Kate’s game. I have a calendar in my head but it unfortunately does not link up to the cloud, so it is not often shared with others as it should be.
The new year started and there were goals and resolutions I made out for the new year, and there were some things that I want to accomplish this year. I did not quite accomplish all of my goals from last year, but I did make some headway on completing some goals I had set out to do. One of the goals I set for this year was to average a mile a day for the year which would equate to 365 miles a year. I am going to try as many days this year as I possible can, and I am off to a great start as I was off for the first week to start the year. The weather will get warm and the schedule will get busy, so I am doing my best to chop away at that goal, so I put myself in a great position to accomplish it. The previous year I only ran once in the first two months of the year, so I have already done better this year in regards to that. I am blessed to live in a beautiful climate and the weather is perfect running weather at this time of the year.
If you have ever dabbled in running you know there are various things that come up that compete against your goals. It could be finding the time to get it done, adverse weather conditions. and the thing that plagues us all especially as you age…injuries. I have dealt with some running injuries from time to time and some that have been more serious than others. I have been out for several days and at times for several months. I have had to do physical therapy for several months for one running injury where I soon forgot all about my stretches and exercises after I fully healed. I typically will use my massage chair and massage gun to release soreness and tightness and also have a complex roller although I do not use it as I should. As I write this I am trying to stretch out my legs which are some from a run earlier in the day, and I am planning to go to the gym to jump in the cold bath and warm sauna to get ready tomorrow. I can have the best plans in the world for tomorrow and do all the right things to try and stay healthy, but the fact of the matter is, I have no control over what tomorrow will bring.
I shared on the podcast my goal for this year, and I stopped myself by saying I am not sure what will happen this coming year, but Lord willing here is my goal for this year. We have a trip to Israel planned for later this year, and although we plan to go, we will only go if the Lord is willing. We oftentimes think we control our life and we are in the driver seat of our destiny but this simply is not true. I believe it is prudent to make plans but our plans should always start and end with, “Lord willing.” We should not make plans without considering that God is in ultimate control, and our plans will only come to fruition if He allows them to. We control nothing and we must not forget our God even in the smallest of events and plans we have. I have had plans thwarted that I was sure were lock tight, and I have seen others make plans who were not even alive to see them happen. Our plans are determined by the sovereignty of almighty God, and we would be wise to submit our plans to His will.
Do you make plans amiss of God? Do you consider God in your plans or do you foolishly make plans without considering Him? Have you seen God change your plans before? May we finish our plans with the word, “Lord willing”, and may we never forget who is in control lest we be reminded whose eye is on the sparrow.