What’s the Point of Planning?

What’s the Point of Planning?

Last year about this time I felt like my word for 2016 was “harvest.” Needless to say, this got me pretty darn excited. I didn’t know exactly what that meant, but I couldn’t wait to find out. There are some big hopes and dreams I’ve had and I figured this would be the year they would happen. I started planning. I assumed in January things would just take off for me.

They didn’t.

It’s now December and though good things happened this year and I really can’t complain – it’s far short of what I was expecting. Truth is, I’ve been pretty disappointed.

This isn’t the first time I’ve worked really hard, got my hopes up, only to have them dashed. No, it has happened several times before. It always leaves me wondering if I messed up or didn’t work hard enough. I think the most disheartening thing is that I really want to get excited about the future of the things I’m pouring all my heart into. But I feel like I can’t get too excited because they might not happen. As King Solomon says, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick.” (Pr. 13:12)

There are some folks who plan, implement, and it works out great for them. They follow the prescribed formula for success and their projects take off. But I’m not one of them. God seems to have chosen a different path for me. Can you relate?

So why do I keep doing this? Why do I keep planning, working hard, and getting excited only to be disappointed with the results?

Mostly because I’ve seen that at any moment, when God chooses to intervene, through ways I never expected, one touch of his favor can change everything in an instant.

I believe in planning, but I believe even more in providence.

I believe we plan and implement so that when God decides to move we are as ready as we can be. We never know exactly what he is up to. We never know what he will choose to bless. He will probably come through in a way you never expected, but he will most certainly come.

And when he does, you’d better be ready because when he decides to bless the work of your hands it will be like riding a fifty-foot wave. You won’t be pushing, you’ll be holding on for dear life as the forces of heaven push you forward into the destiny God has planned for you.

Work hard. Develop a plan. Stay optimistic. But remember, it is God’s hand you are counting on for success.


May he give you the desire of your heart
and make all your plans succeed.
May we shout for joy over your victory…

Now this I know:
The Lord gives victory to his anointed.
He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary…
Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.

Psalm 20:3,6-7