Hear we are.
Just four days into 2018 and I’m already exhausted! I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for a vacation.
Didn’t I just have a vacation?
Well, maybe not a full one, but I did take a few days off for the Christmas holiday.
And here I am, bone tired and ready to drop.
Instead of relaxing and getting some rest, I ran around like the proverbial chicken with its head cut off and ended the year more tired than I was the month before it all started. And then I was working fifty hour weeks just to get my work projects done so I could take the time off in the first place.
I sure hope this isn’t prophetic of what the rest of 2018 is going to be like!
I have so many things on my to-do list for this year:
A book to publish,
Another one to finish,
Two rooms to remodel,
Another two rooms to paint,
A car to buy,
Two conferences to attend,
and the list goes on and on…
That’s just my personal goals and doesn’t even scratch the surface of all that I need to do at work with my goals there.
I feel worn out just listing everything. In fact, my hubby just now turned to me and asked me why I was all of a sudden breathing so heavy!
I’m getting tired and anxious just thinking about all that I’m planning to do.
How about you?
Has your year started out in as much of a whirlwind? I hope not.
I think I need to step back.
There is a saying
“if you want to make God laugh, tell Him what your plans are.“
I don’t think that saying is completely true. In fact, God wants us to talk to Him and tell him our hopes, dreams and our plans, but I do think there is a grain of truth in there.
Prov 16:9 says
We make our plans, but God directs our path.
I like to think of it like this. A child gets up and plans their play. they pick out their toys and plan what sugary cereal they will eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They pull out their games and pick out their cartoons… Then here comes Mom and changes the plans. Now it’s oatmeal, school, and homework before play and a yucky bath before bed.
Mom knows what’s best. She molds the day to make little Suzy become the best she can be.
God’s like that with us and although He doesn’t pick out our breakfast cereal, He does hold all our days in His hand. I can, and should, still make plans, but I know who’s really in control.
I know who holds my future and I know who holds my hand… as the old hymn goes.
I don’t have to worry. In fact, I can’t worry and trust God at the same time.
My list is a good list.
These are things I need and want to accomplish this year.
But whether or not I’m actually able to complete them shouldn’t be a point of stress but a chance to trust, and watch God work.