196. What’s the Plan?

“I have a question for you, Stan,” I said one morning.

“Fire away,” he replied.

“We talk about a lot of different things.  Do you plan on what we will talk about or does it just happen?” I asked.

“Let me put it this way,” Stan replied.  “I firmly believe that you, my friend, will benefit a whole lot more from God’s plans than from mine.”

Continuing, he said, “Thus, I spend a lot of time in prayer before we get together seeking the Lord’s will and direction for what we talk about.”

He then said, “I learned that lesson through a lot of trial and error.  Mostly error,” he said with a smile.

“Far too many times I thought I knew what would be best in a particular situation and proceeded with my plans rather than seeking God’s plans.”

Continuing, Stan then said, “God has a wonderful way of upsetting my plans and, in essence, saying, ‘Don’t you wish you would have asked Me first?’”

“It’s just like the saying,” I replied, “If all else fails, read the instructions!”

“Amen to that,” Stan replied.  “And not only read the instructions, but listen to the Instructor!”

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“For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the Lord.  Jeremiah 29:11.

Prayer:  Thank you, Lord, that you have plans for me.  And thank you that your plans are much better than mine.  Please forgive all of the times I have proceeded on my own without asking for your input and direction.  Thank you that you teach me.  Please help me to be teachable.  I choose to get out of your way with my own plans and ask that you show me all of the plans you have for me.  Show me and please help me to obey.  Thank you I can and do bring all of these prayers before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

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