SPIRITUAL SIDE: A plan takes you so far, God is the true guide - Ahwatukee Foothills News: Communitylife

default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
|
||
Logout|My Dashboard

SPIRITUAL SIDE: A plan takes you so far, God is the true guide

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 12:00 am

The snow was flying and the roads were getting icier by the minute. We were driving down to Phoenix from Pinetop and a snowstorm had blown in as we approached our descent from the rim.

My husband was at the wheel while I helpfully gripped the armrest of the passenger seat, every fiber of my being willing our car to stay under control. By the time we reached Payson, I was exhausted and my neck was a knotted mess.

We had made it safely but with no thanks to my Herculean efforts to keep the car on the road. 

For some of us, getting through 2009 was like driving down the rim in a snowstorm. Some of us were in the driver’s seat, some were just along for the ride. But we’ve made it, and now 2010 stretches out before us. Perhaps the road ahead looks clear for now or perhaps we are still in the middle of an ice storm.

Either way, at this time of year it is good to pull off to the side and get our bearings. Look back on where we have been, consider where we are and anticipate and plan for the journey in front of us.

I find great comfort in planning and preparing. I like to see my calendar for the next several months. I like to have goals and purpose providing structure to my very unstructured nature. Part of my comfort comes from learning painful lessons in the past from winging it from moment to moment and getting caught unprepared. Planning and preparation are marks of maturity.

But if I look a little deeper I can see that what I crave even more is control. I hang on tight to the illusion that if I plan and prepare well enough I will be in control of the days ahead. Kind of like gripping the armrest of the passenger seat and pressing my feet onto imaginary brake pedals, as if that kept the car on the road.

Proverbs 16:9 says, “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” That feels a little unsettling. I want to plan my course and determine my steps.

This past fall I had a very specific plan. I set aside all commitments to focus on getting our home and family life de-cluttered and in order. I had intended to empty every drawer and closet and for once be very organized.

Then everything changed. Things came up that I had not planned. Good things, for the most part, but I never did get my plan finished. I thought I had cleared my calendar for one purpose, for the course I had set, but now I can see that God directed my steps for a different purpose. A better purpose. “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” (Proverbs 19:21)

And God promises us that his purpose is in our best interest. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

So as I look ahead and plan for 2010, I am doing so in pencil. I’m making goals and being intentional. This is a good thing. If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.

But I’m working to hold these plans lightly, to loosen my grip on the armrest and let the driver do the driving. And, trusting that He will get me where I am supposed to go.

 

Jennifer Zach lives in Ahwatukee Foothills with her husband and three children. They are members of Bridgeway Community Church. She can be reached at jennizach@yahoo.com.

More about

More about

More about

  • Discuss

Michael Bresciani / John Biver

Rev. Michael Bresciani is a graduate of Delgado College and Union Seminary in New Orleans, Louisiana. He has headed churches in the South and …

Published: August 30, 2016 - 6:51 pm @ http://the405media.com/2016/08/30/michael-brescian…

Gov. Doug Ducey to speak prior to Donald Trump immigration speech in Phoenix

PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey will speak before Donald Trump’s immigration policy address in Phoenix, it was confirmed Tuesday. Ducey spok…

Published: August 30, 2016 - 6:50 pm @ http://ktar.com/story/1255374/gov-doug-ducey-to-sp…

AZ Computer Expert Sentenced to Prison After $571,000 Theft

PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a judge sentenced Steve Nolte to 9 years in prison for stealing more than $571,000 from his…

Published: August 30, 2016 - 6:20 pm @ https://www.databreaches.net/az-computer-expert-se…

Clinton, Trump teams make awkward neighbors

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are crisscrossing the country trading accusations of corruption and bigotry, light years apart on how to hand…

Published: August 30, 2016 - 6:21 pm @ http://www.politico.com/story/2016/08/clinton-trum…

Arizona Supreme Court: Minimum wage hike stays on ballot

PHOENIX - A voter initiative raising the state minimum to $12 an hour by 2020 will be on the November general election ballot, the Arizona Sup…

Published: August 30, 2016 - 5:50 pm @ http://www.abc15.com/news/region-phoenix-metro/cen…

The Abuse of Leslie Jones Shows Us How Tokenism Sets the Stage for Hate

First, a confession: I only just made it to see Ghostbusters last week. And rather than wading into the ballyhoo surrounding whether the film …

Published: August 30, 2016 - 5:26 pm @ http://msmagazine.com/blog/2016/08/30/the-abuse-of…

35th International Geological Congress: Day #2

This post continues my daily blogging about the 35th International Geological Congress (IGC) being held in here in my home city of Cape Town, …

Published: August 30, 2016 - 5:19 pm @ http://blogs.agu.org/georneys/2016/08/30/35th-inte…

Here Is Your Vision Zero: NYC Is Destroying Hard-Won Pedestrian Safety Medians

Nick Pinto A A Mayor Bill de Blasio has made Vision Zero, his quest to make New York's streets safer and to reduce pedestrian and cyclist inju…

Published: August 30, 2016 - 4:55 pm @ http://www.villagevoice.com/news/here-is-your-visi…

Arizona and Florida primary preview: Why 'chemtrails' might just be good news ... for John McCain!

● AZ-01 (R): Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick is leaving behind a northern Arizona seat that Mitt Romney won 50-48, and both parties are going …

Published: August 30, 2016 - 4:19 pm @ http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/08/29/1564062/-…

Daily Kos Elections Florida and Arizona primary liveblog #1

Tonight, voters in Arizona and Florida will vote in their state’s downballot primaries. Our guide to the key races can be found here. The firs…

Published: August 30, 2016 - 4:18 pm @ http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2016/8/30/1565234/…

Facebook

ahwatukee.com on Facebook

Twitter

ahwatukee.com on Twitter

RSS

Subscribe to ahwatukee.com via RSS

RSS Feeds

Spacer4px

Most Popular

Online poll

Loading…