Friday, February 20, 2015

The Plan

The heart of man plans his way,
but the Lord establishes his steps. ~ Proverbs 16:9

This verse has been talking to me lately.  I know there are many nuggets of wisdom in the Book of Proverbs, but to me it seems like a list of things I am supposed to do in order to obey and be pleasing to God.  Many of these verses make me feel like a Christian failure, but this verse is different ~ it gives me strength.

Many of us, especially teachers, set goals.  Some are long-term and some are short-term.  Most goals revolve around some type of achievement.  We want to lose weight, or exercise this many times a week, or save this much money.  Most goals have a point of destination, a place to end.  In a sense, our desire to achieve these goals gets us going and allows us to take action.

But I think God calls us for a bigger goal or a mission.  My spiritual journey is a mission; it is an action.  I have no point of destination, only a focus ~ to grow closer to God and live my faith the way He wants me to. (Takes me right back to Proverbs!)  It is only through action, as simple as a prayer for help, that God can guide us.  I can't sit idly and wait on Him.  I must create a plan and let Him guide me along the way.

Yes, my heart has a plan or a call to action, but I know He is there guiding me, establishing my footsteps.  And that is a comforting thought.


  1. Leigh Anne, Proverbs 16:9 will lead me on today. I planned my day but know that life is fragile and uncertain as evidenced by a call that let me know while my uncle drove home from church was struck by another vehicle. His car was totaled but gratefully remained uninjured.

  2. Your post speaks to me, the idea that we are mission oriented, focused not on the end, but the means. Comforting that we have a guide.