Plans, we all make them. Today, I am planning to do the laundry, clean the house, go to the grocery store, have lunch with my sister, walk CallieMarie, take dinner to a friend who just got out of the hospital, finish this blog………and the list goes on and on! These are my plans, but there is no guarantee that I will get any of it done today!
A few weeks ago, my brother-in-law (BIL), who lives in Kansas, but whose mother lives in my town, came to help his mom get ready for winter. His plans were sorely interrupted when he came in from trimming trees and had a heart attack. He was alone at his mom’s house when it happened. He called 911 and then my sister in Kansas to let her know what was happening. My sister, in turn, called me. I had literally walked in the door when she called to tell me that her husband was on his way to the hospital. As you can guess, my plans for that evening came to a screeching halt as I jumped in my Jeep and headed to the hospital.
When I walked into the ER, my BIL said, “Deb, you have full authority over everything until your sister gets here.” What? Total power over everything? What does that even mean? I knew what I was thinking, but I wasn’t sure what he was saying, so when the nurses left, I started asking the hard questions, and he followed up with, “Yes, everything.”
I called my sister, and I asked her some hard questions, too. At a time when I wanted to bring her comfort, I had to make sure she and her husband were on the same page. Thankfully, they were.
His condition was not good, and he was flown to the Heart Hospital in OKC, where he received quadruple by-pass surgery. The surgery itself was not touch-and-go, but he did develop complications and experienced setbacks. Under normal circumstances, he would have gone home in five days, but in his case, he spent 16 days in the hospital. I am happy and relieved to say that he is home now and doing good. He has a ways to go, but he’s getting there.
During those 16 days, I wasn’t focused on my plans. In fact, a lot of things that I had planned to do didn’t get done because “family comes first”!
It’s not wrong to make plans. Still, at the top of our to-do-list or our plan list, we should add, “Rely on God to determine our steps,” so when something as big as a heart attack takes place, or something trivial interrupts our plans, we acknowledge God is taking us in a different direction.
The Bible says, “We make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps,” Proverbs 16:9, “We can make our own plans, but the Lord gives the right answers,” Proverbs 16:1. I love both verses, but my favorite is “The Lord directs our steps, so why try to understand everything along the way?” Proverbs 20:24.
Well, I finished this blog, so that’s one thing off of my list and for the record, I am adding to the top of my list, “Rely on God today to determine my steps!”
God bless you,