12/9/2012 5:20:00 PM
Lord Willing and the Creek Don't Rise
“Lord Willing and the Creek Don’t Rise…”
I wear numerous “hats” in my work with Elderly Services, Inc., Middlebury’s “gold standard” for adult day care centers throughout the USA. One of my hats is “Program Planner”. In that capacity I am a member of a team which plans out the myriad details of our dual daily programs, which serve upwards of 60 participants per session - from activities to meals to personal care, from transportation to all the “behind the scenes” tasks which have to be synchronized to ensure each day is a success for the families we serve, as well as for the staff.
Each Wednesday afternoon I submit several pages of carefully crafted plans for the following Monday and Thursday to the Program Coordinator, who is responsible for implementing those plans and overseeing the overall process. But I learned early on to relinquish ownership of those plans, because, although I create the “plan”, unanticipated realities inevitably interfere – staff calls out sick, participant’s needs change or become acute…
For me, this has become a parable of my walk with the Lord. My job is to make plans, but the Coordinator is the one who is responsible to facilitate them. And if I hold on too closely to my paradigm, if I fail to defer to his authority, I face continual frustration! Proverbs 16:1 teaches, “To man belong the plans of the heart, but from the Lord comes the reply of the tongue.” “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” (v. 9) Another relevant passage is in James 4:13-17 – look it up!
Do you find yourself frustrated when the Lord seems not to be going along with your plans? If we fail to acknowledge God’s sovereignty in our lives, we are in dire peril of becoming bitter toward the One who has only our very best interests at heart! (Trust me – I’ve been there, and it’s not pretty - idolatry never is!) “Let go, and let God…”
It’s something to think about…
Above the door of my elementary school there was a plaque that read, "Plan your work and work your plan". I live by that philosophy. But I add one more element. Plan your work and work your plan. But keep eyes and ears open for any necessary adjustment by the Holy Spirit.