I have noticed several things about plans.
- I almost never end up following the plan perfectly. The day gets a schedule and life happens instead. The project gets a timetable and a task list and things intervene or the goals change.
- Without a plan, nothing really happens. When I get frustrated by the fact that the schedule didn't happen and give up on planning, nothing happens at all. the day gets frittered away.
- I don't always know what I really want. I might set up objective benchmarks and plan steps to get my goals achieved, but too many times I've found myself climbing fast up a ladder that was on the wrong building. A plan that goes perfectly to achive a bad goal is not a good thing. A plan that goes perfectly to achieve a good goal when I'm supposed to be chasing a God thing is an even worse thing because it takes longer to figure out I'm on the wrong ladder.
- God has a plan and He doesn't always let me in on it and He rarely does one thing at a time--He is the ultimate multitasker. Sometimes I can even see His plans and some of the reasons why He does things, only to find that He has a much wider scope in mind and is is working multiple plans toward multiple goals.
It also takes the pressure off my planning to some extent. If it's His purpose that will ultimately prevail, I can mess things up pretty badly in my human weakness and innocent incompetence and He will still bring it together to accomplish the purposes He had in mind. I don't want to miss out on being a part of His plan coming together for the best good possible so I plan and I plan carefully, but it wasn't My purpose that has to prevail. Only His purpose counts and that's guaranteed.
It's all good.