Friday, February 12, 2010

"Linda's Life Plan"

I stumbled upon it in the closet, while searching for a notebook for my son's Pokemon collection. The "Carolina Blue" three-ringed binder with a sheet of paper slid into the front with three simple words:

"Linda's Life Plan"

I chuckled to myself, thinking of the arrogance in the statement. Now, anyone who knows me, knows that I like a plan and I like a schedule. I like to set goals and break those goals into steps to help make them attainable. I like to make lists of all the things that I need to remember to bring to an event, and I like to neatly check them off one by one.

On one hand, it has to be done - especially in the business arena. But, knowing that I hadn't seen the book in several years, I was sure of the fact that it was truly that, "LINDA's Life plan". There had been little if any consultation with God about what HIS plan for me might contain...

That night, my curiosity was piqued. I picked the collection of papers up and started to read through them. There was a general mission statement, and a list of things that were priorities to me. (No, my relationship with God was NOT on the list....quiet time and reflection, yes, but God Himself, no.)

I began to flip through the pages. The general goals were broken down into 5 year, 3 year, 1 year, 6 month and this month goals. Some were really pretty good. Others, yeah, well, not so much. Some had been attained, others, well, not so much.

Finally, on the last page, I found a date. January 2004. Curious that I find it shortly after the completion of that 5 year period of time.

And curious also that I find it at the same time that I am being shown again and again - "THIS is what I have called you to do...."

The journey continues, of course. And yes, I still have my lists and my goals. (and am looking forward to planning my gardens soon!) But, I think - even in the garden planning - I will ask for His plan for it.

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