|boy with dirty face|
God certainly has a hilarious way of putting all that into perspective. No matter how much I plan, there will always exist factors that are out of my control. And those factors don't give a hoot about what I wrote on the list.
Last night I heard myself saying
Sometimes things happen - or don't happen - for a reasonWe can't see the bigger pictureA door might have to close in order for another to openand I tried to touch on some of the sincerity in these words. I want these to not be cliches. I want to believe that there is a bigger purpose and my "plans" are just creative exercises, not necessarily means to an end.
I take comfort in making plans because the promise is so alluring. If I just stick to it, things will turn out in a good way, because that's how the process is designed. But, if X, Y, or Z doesn't happen, disaster is imminent because the plan fell apart. I should learn to let go and be more flexible with my expectations.
Moments like these are moments for faith. I know that there is more than one way to accomplish any goal. So I will chose to believe that the results are still attainable even if the plan didn't work out. I will chose to believe that what might seem like a setback is merely another opportunity for growth. I will chose to believe that success is possible, even without that plan.