7/23/2009

Plans...

Plan: A method for achieving an end, a detailed formulation of a program of action, a goal or aim, an orderly arrangement of parts of an overall design or objective

It's funny how death always makes us examine life. After attending a funeral this past weekend, I couldn't help but begin to think about my life: where I've been, where I'm at, and where I'm going. I also thought about how different things have turned out from the way that I planned them.

20 years ago: I planned on becoming a cartoonist. Not an animator, but a cartoonist. I wanted to draw cartoons that appeared in the newspaper or in Marvel. That was about as far as my mind could take me at the time...

15 years ago: I planned on becoming a movie director. I was obsessed with reading about Steven Spielberg and wanted to follow in his footsteps. So I planned on going out to USC's Film School and making it big. I also planned on possibly joining the Army or Navy to pay for it...

10 years ago: I planned on finishing my degree at CIU and finding a youth ministry job in Columbia, SC...

5 years ago: I planned on finishing my 2 year internship and finding a middle school ministry job in Southern California. I was also planning on being married within a year...

3 years ago: I planned on saving enough money to buy my own home in San Diego. I also planned on being at my church for the long haul, growing the middle school ministry, and seeing my coworkers' kids come through...

It's funny how certain I was of how all of those plans would work out, and how so few of them did. We all make plans. Some of them succeed. Some of them don't. But even if we can't be 100% certain of how our plans will turn out, we can be 100% certain that God will be watching over us the whole way. He protects and provides for us. He's got our back. And even though we may make plans, He guides our steps.

Now I've just got to figure out what His plan is for my next steps...

2 comments:

Jessica said...

I loved this one. Very inspiring & deeply true. You know what they say about the best laid plans of mice and men...

Julie Hibbard said...

Remember I wrote a blog about this same subject? It was a little over a year ago.
I called it, "In the MEAN time."
Cause this 'meantime' can be one mean time.
Thinking of you.