Who's plan do you live by?
How very true.
At the end of last year I created our annual budget plan, I knew where every dollar would go in 2014 and how much we could save by December. I was pretty impressed by my handiwork. Perhaps I was feeling a little to smug. It was all going to work like clock work. Well, that is what I thought. But no, God had other plans and not even one month into the new year everything had changed. Many things were no longer in our control and the budget, well, it was on the scrap heap. It took me a little time to realise, but God can changes a plan in an instant and He doesn't ask permission or give a reason.
He decided that my plan would become His plan. I wasn't overly happy with this as mine was pretty impressive. But now that I look back, I can understand why God did what He did.
From now on, I will leave the budget in God's hands.
Still not sure if I'm happier with the new plan, but I will accept it.
But through the process the lesson learnt has been - don't create a plan (no matter what it) without first consulting God. He might have other plans that aren't the same as yours. Even if you don't like them, accept them.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.