I registered for my first half marathon today– the Tinker Bell Half Marathon at Disneyland. I had planned on participating in the run for a few months now. The event is not until January 2014—six months away. Part of me is nervous about planning something so far in advance— anything could happen. What if I get sick or break my leg before then?
I also keep thinking about James 4:13-16,
“Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.” Otherwise you are boasting about your own plans, and all such boasting is evil” (NLT).
I like to plan. In most cases I plan a year ahead. I had started planning my 30th wedding anniversary almost two years in advance (my special anniversary will be next year). I think it’s good to make plans, but I realize that we are not guaranteed tomorrow so it seems a little presumptuous to even make plans, so why make them?
I think the Scripture verses refer to people who go through life without even acknowledging that God is the reason they are able to make their plans. God is the one who bestows blessings on people (“For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike”- Matthew 5:45).
When I planned my last family vacation, I was so nervous that something might happen— the weather will be bad and our flight will be cancelled, we will have an accident and not be able to go on the trip, etc.
We have plans for October and plans for January. All I can do is pray that God will make it possible for us to keep our plan, and I have to thank Him for making it all possible.
So it’s ok to plan– just know that God is still in charge.