Spiritual Practice

Change of Plans

Logan Smith, 18

I was answering a questionnaire, rating character traits from 1 to 4 based on how much they applied to me (1 if they didn’t apply, 4 if they applied a lot). I marked a 1 beside “being spontaneous.”

Spontaneity has always been difficult for me. I like making plans and sticking to them. When I was younger, I always wanted to know my parents’ plans. If their plans fell through, I became annoyed, sometimes to the point of thinking my parents had betrayed me.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord.
Isaiah 55:8 (NRSV)

I’ve learned that plans should be flexible because everything can change in a moment’s time. Sometimes plans fall through; and if we can be OK with the sudden changes, we won’t be so stressed.

Making plans is good, but we need to keep in mind that God has made plans for us too. God’s plans guide us more surely than human plans. Our plans may fail, but God’s never will.


BE SPONTANEOUS: Be ready for what God has planned for you. At least, be prepared to change your plans to fit God’s plans.

—from devozine (September/October 2012). Copyright © 2012 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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