I am a planner. I always have been. I like things to run a certain way and I like to have all the steps mapped out before I get started. I have found, however, that plans often change. Anytime my plans involve other people, they are liable to be modified and adjusted for varying circumstances. While I've been away from home at camp meeting the last week and a half, it has been especially difficult to follow through on things and keep a routine. Not only have I often been pulled to help with one job or another, I have also found it difficult to meld the schedules of others with mine. In a pastors' meeting the other morning, Lee Venden shared a quote that really sums up the experience I've been having the last week or so: "Life is what happens while you're making other plans."

In the book of Proverbs, Solomon teaches us this same lesson. He says, "A man's heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps" (Proverbs 16:9). God's way is not necessarily ours. I actually find this quite comforting. Not being able to see the end from the beginning, I can make some really unintelligent plans sometimes. But if we are willing to listen to the voice of God's Spirit, He will direct our steps in the way that works out for the ultimate good.

Listening to His directions,

Pastor Sutherland

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