“If God was faithful to you yesterday, you have reason to trust him for tomorrow.”
I’m a planner; I like to come up with an agenda for the day. I think that’s one reason why I enjoyed being a teacher – I was able to plan and control the execution of my plans. Recently though, my plans for a particular day seemed to evaporate. It was obvious I wasn’t the one in control of that day. What I had on my to-do list clearly wasn’t getting done. If you’re a planner like me, I have an idea on how we can better handle those kinds of days without letting frustration get a hold of our hearts.
It’s almost as if I wake up in the morning and pray: “Jesus bless my to-do list. These are my goals for today. Help me check them all off, get them each completed, and have time left over to spare.” But what if we began our days by saying: “Jesus direct my day. Have it look like what You want it to look like. You have full reign on today’s schedule.”
Depending on the posture of our heart, either submission to Jesus’s plan, or having an attitude of full steam ahead, determines how we will feel at the end of the day if things do not go as we had planned. But if we trust Jesus with our day’s schedule, we’ll have less angst at the end of the day if we’ve checked off only a few of the boxes on what we hoped to accomplish.
Don’t misunderstand, I’m not saying don’t have goals or boundaries to help complete your objectives. What I am saying though, is hold those desires loosely with opened hands, fully surrendered to God. If we don’t do this, frustration will replace peace within our hearts.
Instead of trusting in your plans and to-do lists, trust in God and in His desires of what He wants you to accomplish. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
While on a mission trip, we became very familiar with the word flexibility, as our days rarely went as planned. In the long run, rigidity hurts and hinders, while flexibility releases and allows the Holy Spirit to flow. Allow God to have full control of your days. After all, isn’t our mission each day to fulfill what’s on God’s to-do list!
“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”
Corrie ten Boom