Reason to SMILE #50: WHEN A PLAN COMES TOGETHER
You’ve organized, made lists, recruited volunteers, delegated responsibilities, ordered supplies (and got them on sale!), sent out invitations, held meetings, emailed reminders, and spent a bunch of time in prayer. You’ve done everything within your power to plan that big event and ensure it’s success.
Finally, the day arrives and everything comes off without a hitch. Attendance is great; every volunteer shows up and everyone does their part; there are plenty of supplies and there is just enough food; the activities run on schedule and everyone has a great time – even you. Then, when it’s all said and done, you sigh in relief and SMILE because your plan actually came together.
It doesn’t always work that way, though. Sometimes our plans fail no matter how hard we work to make them happen. Either people don’t attend and the event you’ve spent weeks or months planning is cut short or cancelled entirely. Or attendance is better than expected but you’re short on food and supplies. Maybe your volunteers have done a disappearing act and you’re stuck juggling ten different responsibilities at once. Maybe the scheduling gets thrown out the window right off the bat and the entire event spirals into a chaotic mess. Does any of this sound familiar? Tell me I’m not the only one to experience these things!
There are just some things that we cannot control. We can’t predict every possible mishap no matter how hard we try and those grand plans of ours often get flushed down the toilet. That’s life, right? But I bet if we looked back on all our failed plans, we could find that each failure has taught us a valuable lesson. For instance, I have learned to always schedule a game or physical activity after the Bible lesson if I want the kids to actually pay attention to the lesson. I’ve also learned that every single moment of every kids’ event must be filled – down time equals discipline problems and more often than not, accidents and boo-boos. Not good!
Even more important, I’ve discovered that my plans are not always God’s plans. When my plans fall to pieces, it’s usually because I’ve jumped into action before checking to see if my vision aligns with God’s. That’s never a good idea! When I align my plans with God’s, I don’t have to worry about the outcome. Even if things don’t unfold as I imagined, even if the schedule is thrown out of whack or the food is ruined or half the volunteers don’t show, when I am following God’s plan, I can SMILE for His plans always come together.
Proverbs 19:21 (NIV)
Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.
Psalm 127:1 (NIV)
Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.
Proverbs 3:6 (NIV)
In all your ways submit to Him, and He wild make your paths straight.