I make plans, and I carry them out. I look at the options, I evaluate the resources, I consider the timing, and then I proceed to implement the plan. Of course it may not be perfect, and I may have failed to consider one or more details that should have been considered, or maybe I couldn’t have known about some detail that doomed my plan from the very beginning. We have all been there, and it is certainly frustrating to have your plan foiled, intentionally or accidentally.
This past Sunday I went to the church service at the ROT Rally, and my expectation (my plan) was that it would last about 30 minutes, and then I would head off to start taking down the hospitality tent. As it turned out, that’s not how it went. The service ran for about an hour, and after 30 minutes I started to get impatient. At the end of the service, there was even a traditional alter call, which is something I didn’t expect, and frankly at that moment I didn’t think anyone would be willing to go forward in the middle of the ROT Rally. But then a really interesting thing happened, two people did go forward to turn over their lives to Christ. To say I was shocked is an understatement, but the fact that it happened was a huge blessing to me and all those attending, not to mention the two people who went forward.
Proverbs 16:9 says; “We make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.”
You see, it is clear that God had a plan that was better than mine, and His plan cannot be disrupted no matter how impatient I get. Of course I will still make plans, and have expectations, but when they get disrupted, I hope I will pause to consider that God may working a better plan.