The Proverbs Project: Day 16

Karen Cecilia

Commit your work to the Lordand your plans will be established. Proverbs 16:3
The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps. Proverbs 16:9


I tend to think that I’m a pretty patient person…for the most part, anyway. Over the years I’ve learned that time doesn’t always do what we want it to or bring what we want it to bring when we want it to be brought. Ha! I don’t know about you, but moments like those can either discourage me and make me question the things in my heart, or worse yet, the promises of God on my life, or they can stir my heart into restlessness.

Lately, I’ve been feeling that old stirring feeling of restlessness creeping up. There’s so much that I want to do, so much that I want to step into, so much that I want to achieve and grow in. My heart leaps at the thought of it, mostly because I know those things are God-dreams. They’re desires that have been placed deep in my heart that I haven’t even fully uncovered or discovered yet. The plans are good, they’re SO good in fact, that sometimes I forget to do the part of committing my plans to God and allowing him to establish the way for me. I had a choice to make this past week between going along with some immediate plans that I’d made (that were good) or holding out a little longer, and going along with some alternate steps that I believe God is establishing for me. I wrestled with this decision. I STRUGGLED with this decision, because in my heart, I had already planned my way. But I had to come to the realization (and thank God for leading me to it) that at the end of the day, his way is better and his timing is better. If I’m building my life around his call on me, then his steps will always be the path better than mine, my route may be good, but his will be better. I may have planned my way, but he establishes my steps.

Father, thank you for your plans and thoughts towards us that are always good. Thank you for establishing our way when we commit our work to you. Help us to remember to commit our work, our hearts, our thoughts and ways to you. Help us to trust that you will establish our plans and show us the way. In Jesus’s name, amen.

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