Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” ~James 4:13-15 NIV
What are your plans for tomorrow? Are you looking forward to it? Is it positive or negative? Is it neutral? Are you starting a new job? (I am) Are you facing a medical procedure? (My dear friend is) Are you going to drive your kids to school? Are you meeting a friend for lunch? Are you doing laundry? What does tomorrow look like?
I’m excited for tomorrow. I am starting a new job (more on that in a future blog). I will be driving to a new location. I will be wearing a skirt not sweat pants. I will be packing a lunch. I will be meeting new people. I have plans for tomorrow. I’m sure you do to. However, what tomorrow holds may not be what I planned. Our days can change on a dime. We have seen that this past few years. However, I shouldn’t stop planning. I shouldn’t stop stepping out into the things God has for me. I am confident that this is the job God has for me. All the details will unfold as I step into each tomorrow.
I recently heard a sermon on the passage in James 4. The pastor said, “You don’t have to say ‘if the Lord wills’ all the time. However, you need to live that way.” In other words, make plans and keep your heart open to God’s leading. He may redirect. He may open up another door. He may provide an opportunity within your planned opportunity. God is so good at placing us where He needs us and then uses us. So make plans and be open to God. Let Him direct the day and see what may unfold.
As I step into a big new tomorrow (new job), I go into the day with excitement, a bit of fear, and an open mind to what God is going to unfold. When I make plans and trust God with the follow through, it’s a much better life. When I make plans, force the outcome, and set expectations, it’s a more frustrated life. I’m not there yet, friends. I get frustrated and disappointed all the time. Yet as I rely on God, put my hope in Him not the outcomes, my life gets less complicated.
What are you doing tomorrow? Whatever it is, let God be a part of it and trust the outcome to Him. He is our yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Dream Big! Pray Big!