This is one lesson I learned early as a parent, more like expecting my first child. I had my life laid out. I had a plan. Things were laid out in a specific order. That’s when I discovered that it is well and good to make plans, but God will have the last word…or the last laugh. He had a field day with me.
We Are Not in Control
Too often, humans think they can control everything in their lives. We decide when we get up in the morning. Our meals are planned out. We want to, but then we discover that we have no control over our lives. We can’t control the weather. Sometimes bad things happen. We can’t control other people. Sickness and accidents are not always in our control.
I was going to have my first child after being married for five years and a house which we would have gotten after three years. God had a good laugh at me telling Him what my plans were. My first child came a few weeks before my third anniversary. I was not in control of that.
Adapting to Life
Life has a habit of making abrupt changes. We don’t like change, but it is as inevitable as death and taxes. We can’t avoid change no matter how hard we try. Adapting is crucial.
It is good to make plans, but be prepared to be adaptable when the changes occur. You might not be in the place you had thought you would be at this point in life. Remember that you don’t know the future. Only God does. That means, you are making plans with limited knowledge. You can’t plan for the unknown.
Enjoy the Ride
Remember how I said that God laughed when I said the year I’d have my first kid? Well, it was a shock when God laughed and laid out his plan for me and my children. Never in my dreams would I have come up with such an idea. And I’m glad He did.
I didn’t enjoy the ride like I should have. I was too busy upset that my plans were ignored and my life was not how I had envisioned it. Today, I look back and realize that my plan sucked. God knew what he was doing. Glad I wasn’t in control. And glad I gave Him something to laugh about.