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You know how I’ve been talking about flexibility lately?
Well this week was another one of those weeks. I seem to be having a lot of those. The funny part is that I was trying to catch up on my reading for the Bible study I’m involved in at church. Starting way back at four weeks ago (because that’s how far behind I am!), the lesson was on…FLEXIBILITY! I think Someone is trying to tell me something.
My favorite lesson was “Day 5” of the study, entitled, “Follow God’s Plans”. The lesson begins with the readings of Acts 10:9-48 and Acts 16:6-10. In both of these stories, God leads His people where He needs them to go–not necessarily where they planned to go. Wherever God has made His plan evident, He succeeds. It is our plans, as humans, that fail.
The next reading comes from Psalm 33:10-11.
10 The Lord frustrates the plans of the nations
and thwarts all their schemes.
11 But the Lord’s plans stand firm forever;
his intentions can never be shaken.
And lastly, from Proverbs 19:21:
21 You can make many plans,
but the Lord’s purpose will prevail.
Isn’t it true? As much as we try to plan out our days, our weeks, our years, and our entire lives, it is rare that everything goes as planned.
I can’t even tell you how many times I made all of these great plans…only to be deterred. I was going to go to a college four hours away; I ended up at a college close to home. I decided on a major in Business Administration (I hated it!); I ended up in Professional Writing. I planned to do whatever I wanted; I ended up with a baby. And then a husband. And two step daughters. And then another baby. And here I am. I planned to be a lifer at my former employer; here I am seven months later, spending more time with my kids, getting more done at home, doing Gods work, and blogging on the side. Oh, and selling Thirty-One! (Can’t forget that!)
How different my plans were from God’s!
As much as it is frustrating to have our plans thwarted by circumstances we can’t control, try to remember that God may just have different plans than you do. Hang on…you’re in for quite a ride!
Yesterday, my plans were foiled again.
While I was working at church, a friend stopped in to visit. I had Tinkerbell with me, as she needed to be picked up early from preschool for a short day (they only had preschool graduation practice yesterday). Suddenly (and when I suddenly, I mean it!)–she started crying hysterically, holding her ear and telling me that it hurt and it was “bubbling”. Whenever she did stop crying, it wasn’t for long. She’s had the sniffles and a cough in the morning and evening hours for about three weeks now, so I figured I ought to take her to the doctor right away. Luckily, I was able to set up an appointment for 1:30 and went straight there from work. Bet you can’t guess what the issue was.
Ordinarily, I would try to fix it myself. Check out my link for earache remedies here. But with end-of-year activities coming up, I hated for her to miss them. So we went with the antibiotics right now. While we were there they gave her some Tylenol, and finally, about half-way home, she finally calmed down. Now, you’d never be able to tell there was a problem.
As a side note, did you ever wonder why they don’t make adult medicines taste good? It’s just not fair.
Needless to say, we didn’t have game day yesterday, but I’m hoping we can (maybe) squeeze it in today after our dance party. Though if we can’t, I can always tack it on to something else.
That’s the thing about making plans. If you’re going to survive life as a Type A personality (like me!), you need to learn to be flexible–which means flip-flopping plans if necessary, squeezing it in some other time, or just agreeing to wait until a better time in the future. If you don’t, you’ll go insane. Believe me–I know!
So whatever your plans are this summer, I hope you relax and go with the flow, adjusting where necessary. Happy relaxing!
I have to admit–earlier this week, I was seriously thinking about quitting the blog thing. I’m just not happy with my numbers–no non-spam comments, small number of views, etc. The problem with that is that I’m not in the habit of quitting things easily. I never have been. Well some things. Some things I quit pretty easily–like dieting. Exercising. Okay scratch that, maybe I quit about half of the things in my life, but that’s not the point.
Getting something started is even more difficult than keeping it going, though. There are always those excuses running through my head: “I can’t, because I don’t have time. I don’t have the money. I don’t have the energy. I’m not smart enough, beautiful enough…” The list could go on forever. You get the gist.
I can’t tell you how many times I thought I should just give up Thirty-One, because I don’t have the sales I want. Heck sometimes I want to quit parenting. (Who doesn’t?)
At the end of the day, the best laid plans don’t always work out. For instance, I lay out my schedule all nice and neat at the beginning of the week, but here I am on Thursday evening, and I haven’t put much work into my blog, I haven’t booked nearly enough parties or talked enough about recruiting. I haven’t done enough work for the church, and I haven’t done my filing. Or the ironing. Or finishing the laundry in general.
But that’s because I have two kids with ear infections. And one got bitten by the dog yesterday when she shut him in our teeny tiny bathroom (who wouldn’t be claustrophobic in there with the door closed???)…so one thing leads to another, and I’ve lost countless hours of time that I could have been doing “more important things”.
Instead, I was a parent. I sat with my little girl in the Emergency Room, stroked her hair, cleaned her wounds, gave her medicine, researched earache remedies (again), took temperatures, and got up in the middle of the night to snuggle.
So I suppose at the end of the day, it’s okay that I missed out on my business opportunities, my clean house, etc. Because I got to spend some much-needed time with my kids. There are so many more children out there who need that.