If you know me, you know that I am a PLANNER. I like to know what’s going to happen as well as when and how and where it will happen. I don’t like surprises, interruptions, changes, or distractions. I have my weekly and daily to-do lists and love to cross tasks off.
But, things in my life RARELY go as I plan.
TODAY was a great of example of that.
You see, for the past few weeks, I’ve known that I needed to rake leaves one “last” time for the season. But since the weather wasn’t cooperating and then I got sick, I kept putting it off. Well, I decided that I WOULD get the leaves raked TODAY. I even set a time…11am. I figured it’d take me less than an hour then I’d get lunch and be able to get some other work done in the house before having to leave at 2pm to pick up Bubba from school.
So, I got up on time, had my daily quiet time with God, took Bubba to school, came home and worked out, got my shower, ate breakfast, practiced piano, and headed outside at exactly 11am.
I knew it was going to be cold…the high was forecasted to only be 39*. Little did I plan (or know) that it was WINDY today. However, I was not going to let that deter me. I simply modified my plan. I knew I wouldn’t be able to rake all the leaves into multiple piles and then drag them down via the tarp to the road for the city to pick up. I would have to rake a pile and then load it on the tarp and drag it down. No big deal. Easy modification.
Since it was so windy, I didn’t want the leaves to blow into the garage. So, I got the garage door opener out of my car which was in the garage, closed the door once I was outside, and stored the opener in a “safe” place outside. I proceeded to rake, tarp, and drag the leaves in the entire yard. 11:50…perfect timing to be finished. I put the tarp away and grabbed the rake to put away in the garage. I retrieved the garage door opener from my “safe” place and pushed the button to open the door.
So I pushed it again. And again. And again.
I tried different angles, tried removing the battery, tried walking around the house. Nothing. The battery was dead. Somehow it had possessed enough juice to shut the door but not enough to open the door.
So, I did what any other cold, windblown, tired, hungry, and frustrated person would do…I called my husband at work. But he didn’t answer. I looked around for neighbors and saw two of them pull out of their driveway. I thought about walking to the store to get a new battery but then I remembered that I had no money to buy said battery.
So, I called Hubby again. And again. And again. I called him 8 times. Then I sent him a text: “I’m locked out of the house. Call me NOW!” Then I called him again. And again. And again. I called his work phone. No answer. So I called is cell phone again. 7 more times. NO ANSWER.
Things were NOT going as I had planned.
When I finally got a hold of Hubby, I lost it…I cried the blubbery, shivering, panicky cry. He was in the middle of a required training so I was hoping it was lunch time and he could drive 30 minutes home to open the door and 30 minutes back and not miss much training.
He talked with his boss who said, “Can’t she find somewhere to go until you get home…3 hours from now?” UMM…NO!!! (Let’s just say this may have been the final straw on the camel’s back…Hubby is most likely going to start looking for a position elsewhere within the company.)
Since I have the best Hubby, he left work, drove home, opened the door, made sure I got inside, and drove back to work.
He was/is my knight in the dirty CR-V, coming to my rescue!
I quickly walked inside, shivering, sniffling, and very grateful for a loving, caring, sacrificing husband who does ANYTHING I ask for, no matter how selfish or crazy it is.
As I sit here and thaw out, I’m reminded, yet again, that my plans are not God plans. His plans are WAY better than mine and ALWAYS work out. He doesn’t demand perfection from me. He’s not deterred with distractions and changes. NOTHING takes Him by surprise.
Proverbs 16:9 – “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.”
Proverbs 19:21 – “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”
Jeremiah 29:11-13 – “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.”
Romans 8:28 – “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”
There are many more verses that I could quote, but these are the ones that came to my mind as I sat in a corner of the front porch waiting for Hubby to come to my rescue.
I can plan things to a T, but when it comes to execution, it’s all up to God. I have to surrender my will to His and allow Him to work through my mistakes and try to learn what He has for me.
I learned a lot today:
1) Hubby needs to look for a new job.
2) You should also leave a door unlocked when going outside to work, even if you have the garage door opener with you.
3) Double and triple check the weather forecast when raking leaves.
4) It’s ok to change your plans. In fact, if things are going right, it’s probably a good idea.
5) Above all, trust God to work things out. Be prepared for the unexpected, but be willing to learn what He has to teach you.