Who Is Doing Your Planning?
On October 28, 1993, the U.S. Space Command watched as a two-ton chunk of Chinese satellite began to reenter the earth’s atmosphere. According to their calculations this satellite would drop into the Pacific Ocean five hundred miles west of Baja, California. When it reentered the atmosphere, it skipped south and unexpectedly landed in the Pacific Ocean west of Peru. Major Bob Butt explained that space debris traveling seventeen thousand miles per hour takes unpredictable twists and turns when it reenters the atmosphere. He claims it is like dropping a penny into water, sometimes it goes straight down, and sometimes it turns end over end and changes direction.
Many times, our lives look a lot like that Chinese satellite, we make what we think are the best plans for our lives but our lives are often unpredictable and defy our best laid plans. Look at the words of Proverbs 16:9 and 19:21, “We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps” and “You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail.” Who is it that is doing the planning in our lives, because if we are doing it on our own, we can look forward to be tossed around like a penny in the water. There is a better way found in Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” When it is the Lord that does our planning, we can be confident we are moving in the right direction even if there seems to be a change of plans. These unexpected changes don’t have to shake us for we know that it is the Lord who has determined our plans and He is taking us where He wants us to go.