Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. MATTHEW 11:28
I love planners. You know the ones. The Kate Spade journals and agendas, notebooks and lists, organizing used to be a little thrill for me.
When my sisters and I were much younger, we loved planning to the point that “schedules” were integrated into our playtime. I remember playing with Littlest Pet Shops and writing out daily activities for our toys, operating our play on a personally predestined schedule. Perhaps we took comfort in the certainty, that amidst rockiness or change in our own lives, we could control and determine the activities of our inanimate pets.
We are not called to be gods of our days. We are called to entrust the happenings of the day to the Lord, abiding in His Spirit in every aspect of it.
For I know the plans that I have for you, says the LORD. JEREMIAH 29:11
There is certainly goodness and fruit in organization and preparedness and drive, when these things are driven by trust in the Lord. Planning is destructive when it is used as a vehicle for control, certainty, and trust in one’s own understanding. It is destructive when it supposes laws or orders as means of righteousness.
Constant anticipation of what is ahead is waste of the precious moment that we are in; which is in the midst of Jesus’ never-ending presence. Jesus, who calls us each by name and delights in our yearning to know Him. Whose yoke is of peace and love for others, and who promises JOY. Who is true life (John 14:6).
If I ever am eager to pave my own way, LORD, nudge me that your way is far greater. Teach me to be courageous and unafraid; knowing that your presence never ceases (Joshua 1:9). My praise for You never ceases, Jesus– may you make me more aware always of your companionship and place at my side, so that You are reflected in me by Your Spirit and my life is a testament to Your good works.
Jesus, who CREATES NEW LIFE in our souls. May I treasure your presence and Word so much that I cannot leave Psalm 119. That I am praising you in times of confusion and sadness for my knowledge that YOU ARE SOVEREIGN the same as when I have every earthly cause and circumstance to praise and thank you.
So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. I think it right to refresh your memory. 2 PETER 1:12-13
When You are running my life, Lord, You make me hyper-aware of all that is not of You. May I anguish in those things, Jesus.
And I pray that you write my agendas… and also remind me when the paper copies are a waste of time.