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31 Days Not According to Plan

Here are some words to ponder while I unpack boxes. They are from people of all walks of life – some famous, some friends, some fictional, some from book titles I’m embarrassed to admit I’ve read. I’m interested to hear your responses.

There’s a plan.  If you’re willing to fight it hard enough, you can make it detour for a while, but you’re still going to end up wherever God wants you to be.

– the movie October Sky

Stop for just a second, walk outside, and look at the moon. And then take a deep breath and find peace in knowing that the One who created that moon specifically for this night also has a plan for each and every second of your day. So relax! You’re not in control, you never will be, so just sit back and enjoy the ride!

– Rachel Morgan, a friend

Life happens while you’re busy making other plans.

– John Lennon, “Beautiful Boy”

We have to stand in the complexity of all that God is working on, not just in the simple part we can see for ourselves.  We must relinquish our arrogance and presumption that we have figured out God’s plan.

– Nicole Johnson, Keeping a Princess Heart In a Not-So-Fairy-Tale World

If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans.

– Woody Allen

[God] has only one will for your life, and it’s good, acceptable, and perfect. There is no backup plan…The bottom line of the backup plan is that we still love ourselves and what we want too much…As we fight to hold on to the last vestiges of our own personal desires, we devise Plan B just in case God doesn’t fulfill the desires of our hearts. But we really must get over ourselves.

– Holly Virden & Michelle McKinney Hammond, If Singleness Is a Gift, What’s the Return Policy?

You just gotta live. Stop planning your moves. Let ‘em happen. You might be surprised.

– the movie Little Black Book

Wow isn’t it amazing how when we let the Lord lead He already has a plan for us and we can just relax and enjoy the ride or sometimes just hold on while He does amazing works through us?

– a missionary friend in Sudan

The reality of naked trust is the life of a pilgrim who leaves what is nailed down, obvious, and secure, and walks into the unknown without any rational explanation to justify the decision or guarantee the future. Why? Because God has signaled the movement and offered it His presence and His promise.

– Brennan Manning, Ruthless Trust: The Ragamuffin’s Path to God

When God starts to move, the best we can hope to do is go along for the ride. All man-made plans and strategies become futile and worthless, and are swept away like an umbrella in a mighty hurricane… If we truly claim to follow Jesus then we must do so without imposing any conditions or self-made plans.

– Brother Yun and Paul Hattaway, The Heavenly Man: The Remarkable True Story of Chinese Christian Brother Yun (a man persecuted, imprisoned, and testifying to God’s miracle working power)

31 Days Not According to Plan