Finding Purpose in the Plans
Have you ever made your plans for the day and it just seems like everything you did multiplied or mushroomed into one issue after another? I must say that pretty much sums up my day yesterday. I knew there were things I had to do, need to do, and then wanted to do. I am a goal setter and often set the goals unrealistically. I attempt to keep God in the loop but often find myself forging ahead without giving full consideration to everything as I move forward.
YesterdayÂ was a day of doing and catching up on some much-needed chores and maintenance aroundÂ our home. The day began after I completed my morning Bible study and time with God. I prayed that morning about this week’s writing because although I knew what the verse was to beÂ I wasn’t sure what I would be writing about. So I asked God to please provide direction so it may help others to know and understood His word better.
So armed with my mental “to do” list I began my day. First on my list was to replace theÂ GFCI plug by the garden pond. I had done this twice before and knew the steps to proceed. The standard turn off the electricity was first in order as I gathered my tools to head outside. The first obstacle I ran into was that someone had not placed the batteryÂ for the screw gun properly on the chargerÂ so it could charge causing me to move into a manual operation. Determined however not to be dismayedÂ IÂ armed myself withÂ the screwdriver, quickly reviewed the directions, and out I went.
Well the task was a bit more difficult than I anticipated because the plug’s location was difficult to maneuver around. I managed in the end to hang upside down, resting my knees on the rocks,Â constantly shoving my glasses back up on my nose and changed out the plug. Now for the testing of the plug to make sure everything was as it should be.
I returned inside the house to turn the electricity back on and then returned to test my plug. My test promptly failed so I had to refer to my instruction sheet in the trouble shooting section. It was becoming evident at this point that my plans were going astray.Â The instructionsÂ suggested I make sure the connections were properly wired. What this really meant was to begin again so back in the house I went to turn back off the electricity. I then returned outside to unscrew everything again to determine the issue.
To make a long story short IÂ ended up stripping out the screw head on one of the screws and couldn’t get the plug unhinged from the box. I tried everything from every size screwdriver to pliers of every sort to attempt to get that screw to loosen up but nothing worked. My frustration level was increasing as was my body heat, my knees throbbed from the rocks, and I was ready to fling my glasses into the pond.
I went back into the studio and in a desperate measure took the Dremel tool out that had a cutting disc on it andÂ prepared to simply cut the head of the screw off. As I arrived back to the pond I felt a strong urging telling me to test the plug with something else beside the pond pump so after turning the electricity back on I plugged in the Dremel tool and lo and behold it powered up so now I knew the plug worked great so I quickly put everything back in place and cleaned up as now I had a bigger issueÂ for I knewÂ the pond pump probably needed to be replaced. Three hours later I was researching and ordering a new pump and had lost hours of time on my very loaded “to do” list. So far my plans for the day were not going so well.
Needless to say my next adventures didn’t go as I planned either. It seemed each step I took sent me in twenty different directions making my progress slow and very frustrating. In fact it took me about three-quarters of the way through the next projects as everything I did seemed to create further issues before I realized that my many plans of the day were falling apart and as I cried out to God for help He gave me my answer.Â I began to laugh as I realized this was God’s purpose. Now do not get me wrong I am not saying that God made a disaster of my day because admittedly I did a good job of that on my own as I added to my self-made plans as I went but suddenly I knew the events of the day andÂ my carefully laid out plans had now given me the necessary means toÂ illustrate this week’s focus verse as God’s purpose had prevailed.
You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail. (NLT)