Plans vs. Guides

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I already mentioned that all of our Christmas plans went awry, only to be replaced by God guiding all of us to where we really needed to be.  I have always been a planner.  I like nice, neat grids of calendars and routines.  It suited my position as a teacher quite well and helps with homeschooling tremendously.  My husband is not a planner.  He is a schemer…he always has big ideas, but rarely concrete plans.  He has been significant in my flexibility transformation.  He has helped show me that routines are great, but it is the bigger picture that matters more.

This is what God wants for us.  He has planned to guide us along His path since the beginning.  I don’t know about you, but the more I tried to turn off, the more He pushed me back to His way.

Sort of like a huge highway system in Chicago with one way streets.  I think I am trying to get from point A to B to C.  But one way streets do not allow for A to B to C.  And of course there is construction (because there always is) blocking different routes as well.  So I am forced back on the Eisenhower where traffic is stopped, get to the next exit, only to discover that the ramp is closed.  I get cut off by cranky Chicagoans, pushed into the wrong lane, and eventually give up and go home.

OR  I can take the express lane, not mess with any of the madness, follow the buses who always know where they are going, and end up right where God intended me to be.

Over the years I tried all sorts of different projects:  teaching high school art, coaching cheerleading and then speech, teaching fourth grade, subbing in public schools, writing and directing Vacation Bible School, singing at church, scrapbooking, being a barista, home party sales, working retail, PTO, all sorts of valuable things to do for so many people.  But NONE of them were where God wanted me.  All along, I knew the thing that brought me the most peace was painting and writing.  I would see bulletin covers at church, artwork on cards or posters, and read devotions and I could hear God whispering:  YOU should do that.  YOU are suppposed to do that.  But I kept my plans.  Luckily for me and you I finally let Him guide me to where I am, where He planned.

How is God trying to guide you right now?  Is He whispering to you–way to go! or whaaaat????  Are you making your own plans?  Are they following His express lane, or are you trying to find your way through the construction on your own?  As we make new goals for the year, now is the time to really look at who’s ideas you are going to make into reality.  Are you in a place that truly fulfills what God created you to do?  Or do you need to make some changes and follow the big bus to the all the right stops?  It is  not easy to give up on pursuits–people or places– we think are right.  But God makes all things good.

Go, Tell, and make disciples of all nations--spread the good news.

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2 Responses to Plans vs. Guides

  1. Anonymous January 11, 2015 at 9:52 am #

    Love this post…and the art…do you make journals? I want this art on the cover of a big fat joutnal…thank you!

  2. Nicole Plymesser Nelson January 11, 2015 at 5:17 pm #

    I do make journals! And this artwork would be perfect, wouldn’t it? I cover composition books with cardstock, add the artwork of your choice, frame it up with some fun washi tapes, and seal the whole thing. Here is the link:
    https://www.etsy.com/listing/204549549/journal-composition-notebook-prayer?ref=shop_home_feat_2

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