Do you like making plans? I do! I like thinking about fun future events, anticipating exciting things to come and doing my part to make them happen. I’m a list-maker and I like to check things off the list. If you are like me, you understand the satisfaction of finishing things and seeing the positive results. But there are times in life— many of them, actually—when we can make limitless plans, but the reality is that we need limitless flexibility as we rely on our Limitless God. I just got a special reminder of this….
Our newest grandbaby, Titus Ethan is three weeks old. Roy and I have been helping out, as Becky and Steven have been learning the ropes of parenting and it has been a great joy. Titus was well planned-for: baby showers, nursery set-up. Check. Check. Supplies in the house, extra meals in the freezer. Check. Check. House cleaned, lawn mowed, all checked off in anticipation of the due date. (Becky and Steven are planners, too, as you can see.)
However— as is sometimes possible with first babies, Titus was a few days after his due date in arriving. Since it was a natural birth, we all had to wait for him— and it was God who had the plan for his perfect arrival. All of us were able to attend the wonderful Body & Soul 35th Anniversary Celebration and Concert (including Titus, in utero). Then we had just one day to recover— and the next day Becky was in labor and Titus was born just after midnight. As we all look back we can see how amazing the timing was. With the workshop over, Roy and I were able to be completely available to help Becky, Steven, and Titus in every way needed. What a glorious, perfectly planned (by God) unfolding of events. We are grateful.
With the birth of Titus, and in regards to all aspects of life, I am glad to know that God has good plans in mind for me. Jeremiah 29:11 says it so well: “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.” I can have limitless plans for the future, but God will bring about the ones that are best for me—and he will “delete” the ones that are not good for me. Whatever circumstances those plans may bring, he will be there with me— and with you!
What are your plans for this fall? After you get the kids back to school, then what? Take time to think and plan a little, then commit your plans to the Lord in prayer. One thing to pray about is joining us in Body & Soul for the fall session “Limitless.” The message in the music will encourage you— it’s all about limitless hope, limitless love and limitless grace. The physical exercise will help you get stronger and healthier, and the friendships you will find there will give you support and great joy.
Don’t stop planning—but be sure to listen for the Lord’s plans!
Jeannie Blocher is the President Emeritus and Director of Spiritual Impact of Body & Soul Fitness. She is an author and speaker, encouraging people to grow in both faith & fitness.