“So, how are your homeschool plans coming along?”
It’s a question asked rather innocently in this middle-of-dinner prep conversation. And I stir pots and watch temperatures, chop salad and think on those words.
How are my plans going? Somewhat wobbly, to be honest. I think of encouragement written here just a short time ago and contemplate how I need to ‘ease-it-up’ just a little for homeschool happiness to continue.
Plans. Goals. Dreams. Vision.
We lay out plans for our lives and the various aspects of it :: for our marriages, our family, each child in particular, our home life. We tackle everything from relationships to business with the big picture in mind, often broken down into small steps to be taken daily.
As a whole, we’re fairly obsessed with planning. But wisdom demands that we really should and must think ahead.
I’m a planner by nature — surely, I was born with pencil and paper in hand! The issue is not to debate God-given characteristics or how each of us goes about reaching goals in life. Whether we use the back of a napkin or a detailed management system is a matter of preference.
What is of importance though, is that our plans serve a purpose.
More specifically, the purposes of God.
“Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21 (NIV)
I often forget that His purposes are best. This one’s tough. It’s natural to be disappointed or even angry when our idea of how things would work out just doesn’t happen. Deeply felt desires are hard to let go of when God just might be leading another direction.
The reality is that we’re not in full control even with the best of plans laid out. Our lives will never be trouble-free and all of our ambitions and goals will sometimes meet opposition. Actually, it’s part of God’s plan that our faith and trust in Him is built up by facing difficulties!
So, in the ups and downs of arranging our lives, making the best of plans, and seeking to live them out, be reminded of truth:
We’re serving His purposes. And that’s the real plan for our lives.
Daniele is a pastor’s wife and homeschooling mama of five–a woman on a journey towards intentional living. She celebrates family, gathers up grace, and nurtures the spirit over at Domestic Serenity. You’re welcome to visit!