Why don’t my plans ever go “according to plan”? How do you respond when the wheels fall off your plans? We learn a great deal from the Apostle Paul’s plan to visit Rome!
We are to plan. Jesus laid out a Master Plan for the first disciples in Acts 1:8. His life plan was laid out before the foundation of the world. There is nothing wrong with planning. But our plans are to be surrendered to God. Here are some simple ideas about planning:
First, pray before you plan. Ask the Lord to give you direction and then listen to His voice. Second, write your plan in pencil not ink! Even though you may feel very strongly about a direction, life can and will change. Allow God to use those changes to refine your plan. Third, avoid prioritizing the plan. Prioritize the goal, not the plan. So, you must know the goal. Fourth, when plans fall apart, ask yourself some questions, like: Should I have anticipated this? What could I have done, if anything, to plan better? What have I learned about myself through this plan? Fifth, remember that some great people who came before you had their plans radically changed for their benefit as well as the benefit of many other people.
Think about Abraham, Moses, Gideon, David, Paul, just to name a few. They had a plan before God stepped in and changed it!!
“but now, with no further place for me in these regions, and since I have had for many years a longing to come to you whenever I go to Spain-for I hope to see you in passing, and to be helped on my way there by you, when I have first enjoyed your company for a while- but now, I am going to Jerusalem serving the saints.” Romans 15:23-25 NASB