Conntecting the Dots

When the Day Doesn't Go As Planned

Today hasn’t gone as I’d planned. It’s mid-afternoon, and I haven’t even started my to-do list. What’s with that?

Learning to kiss my to-do list goodbye...

Maybe the day’s unexpected phone calls and emails are the result of routinely inviting God to take charge of my schedule. For example, I thought I’d finish preparations for an upcoming women’s retreat and then write my September newsletter. Instead, I ended up meeting a senior couple for coffee and a discussion about missions in Eastern Europe. I also enjoyed phone conversations with two women who are in the midst of major transitions. Interestingly, both of these gals are online friends with whom I’ve had no personal contact until now.  Their faith in the face of the unknown inspired and blessed me.

The clock refuses to stand still, and my to-do list refuses to go away. Rather, it grows by the hour. I could stress, but where’s the benefit in that? I think I’ll choose to trust God instead—to believe that He has His own ideas about what my to-do list should look like. When I invite Him into my day, He’ll enable me to accomplish what needs to be done and give me the grace to let go of what remains.

Job got it right when he said, “For the life of every living thing is in his hand, and the breath of every human being” (Job 12:10). My day is in God’s hands, and I’m learning to be still and rest in that truth.

How about you, my friend? How has your day been so far? What lesson have you been learning?

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4 Responses to “When the Day Doesn't Go As Planned”

  1. Johnna Leach

    Well my day is going FABULOUS!!! Re-charged my spiritual battery at noon today through God’s gift of technology in the 21st century…God reached me through the phone lines all the way from CANADA…do we serve an AWESOME GOD or what???

    Blessings from Arizona…it’s a “dry” heat!!!

    • Grace

      Yes, Johnna, we serve an AWESOME God! Thanks for sharing re: what’s going on in your life. It’s a ton of fun to see God at work. Here’s a hug from Canada via technology!

  2. Carol Harrison

    Thanks for this reminder that God appointments are more important than our never ending to do lists. We do serve an awesome God who knows all the little details we have no idea about. I agree that the best thing we can do is to follow His timetable for our lives – every minute of every day and the important things will then be accomplished.

    • Grace

      Letting go and letting God have His way is sooooo much sweeter than insisting on our own way!

      Blessings to you, Carol.


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