“The best laid schemes of mice and men go oft askew.” Robert Burns, the Scottish poet wrote those words in 1785. And now – over 200 years later – nothing has changed in the everyday “schemes of …men”. In the world of caregivers, our plans “go oft askew”. But a trusting, prayerful, listening heart can discover that our LORD has already written a second, more hope-filled, faith-strengthening second verse to that old poem:
…but the plans of GOD,
his loving hand doth nurture.
There’s his wisdom to be found in the quiet.
There’s FULL-fill-ment in my surrender,
and his strength is strong, yeah stronger
in the weakest of my weakness.
In the wise and wondrous ways of GOD, failed plans are a window to new discovery…and deeper obedient trust. To new challenges beyond our expectations. To rich resources beyond anything we can imagine. To quiet hearts. And deeper confidence.
The “best laid plans” are surrendered plans. Surrendered to our loving Father’s all-wise and wondrous plan.
“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.” (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)
Prayer – Teach me your sure ways, O LORD. Forgive me for the arrogance of insisting on my plans. Amen
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