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Plans & Outcomes

Lots of time and energy is being invested presently in making, listing, and discussing plans for this new year. Why?  Because we seek to make good use of the first days of a year in order to set the course for the year.  And, we have heard so many times that “failure to plan is planning to fail.”  The humbling part of life is to review plans at the end of each year to see how closely we came to achieving those plans or how far away we drifted from them.  Life takes turns that we cannot foresee and those detours can change outcomes.  I like to read quotations of folks about various issues in life.  I found these statements and opinions about making life’s plans…… 

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” Allen Saunders.

“It was amazing how you could get so far from where you’d planned, and yet find it was exactly where you needed to be.” Sarah DessenWhat Happened to Goodbye

“The best things are never arrived at in haste. God is in no hurry; His plans are never rushed.” 
Michael R. Phillips

“I try not to make plans. God always laughs at your plans. I’m going to keep the door open, and keep the page blank, and see what gets painted upon it.” Tom Hiddleston

“The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another; and his humblest hour is when he compares the volume as it is with what he vowed to make it.”
J.M. BarrieThe Little Minister

The one area that we need more time in discovering ‘the plans” rather than “creating plans” is in our walk with God.  He knows what is best for us, where He plans to take us, and how He intends to grow us to be of most use in accomplishing His will in our lives.  Whatever we think we need to do for God would fall woefully short.  “His ways are not our ways….”  Every great man that did God’s will never would have conceived of the plans God had for him to do.  In his book, EXPERIENCING GOD, Henry Blackaby taught powerful truths about what it means for the child of God to wait upon the Lord and let God direct our paths.  If we let God set the course, what He has in mind for us is “exceeding, abundantly above all that we could ask or think”!  (Ephesians 3:20-21). 

Henry Blackaby said, “You never find God asking persons to dream up what they want to do for Him…Without doubt, the most important factor in each (Biblical) situation was not what the individual wanted to do for God. The most important factor was what God was about to do.”

He adds, “God reveals His purposes (His tasks) so you will know what He plans to do… When God came to Noah He did not ask, ‘What do you want to do for me?’ He came to reveal what He was about to do. It was far more important to know what God was about to do. It really did not matter what Noah had planned to do for God. God was about to destroy the world. He wanted to work through Noah to accomplish His purposes of saving a remnant of people and animals to repopulate the earth.”  (taken from EXPERIENCING GOD, by Henry Blackaby).