I am not a natural born planner. It was during my working years that I learned the necessity and value of planning weeks, months, and even years ahead on projects. Sometimes the plans worked perfectly; other times they had to be altered or canceled. Remember 2020 anyone?
Today’s scriptures encourage us to seek God first before making our plans and align those plans with His will. But how often do we make our plans first then ask God to bless them? How often do we ignore God altogether and proudly congratulate ourselves on our plans and accomplishments? Read today’s account in Daniel of how that worked out for King Nebuchadnezzar. Because of his pride, King Nebuchadnezzar lost control of his mind, his behaviors, and his kingdom.
While none of us are at risk of losing a kingdom, all of us, at one time or another, will experience the loss of control when outside forces cause our plans to change. When we walk through changes, we are not alone. The Holy Spirit is there to help and guide us.
Think about the future plans that you are grateful for. Review the list that you wrote down on Day 6. Now, visualize those future plans being taken away from you. How would you process that? What support would you need? What would you need to do about it?