But even before I was born, God chose me and called me by his marvelous grace. Then it pleased him to reveal his Son to me. Galatians 1:15-16a
Apparently I am on a planning mindset recently because God’s plan in this verse stuck out to me just like His plan for Jesus stuck out to me yesterday. I’m not going to lie, I can be very impressed by a good plan. I am extremely confident about two abilities of mine: my peanut butter cookies (or some variation thereof) are amazing and I can plan out the intricate details of events well.
Let me tell you a little story before I get into what stood out in this verse. A little while back I went camping with my friends to Shenandoah National Park. We discussed who was going to bring what, but we realized that if we didn’t plan it out we would probably end up with a whole lot of chips and pretzels. Maybe we would end up with some hot dogs that we could have roasted over a fire that we couldn’t build because someone else didn’t bring the matches or maybe we could have made s’mores with marshmallows and chocolate but without the neglected graham crackers. I could see disaster coming so I volunteered to plan out what everyone would bring. It ended up taking me a while to make the list, but I truly enjoyed that time and when I gave the list to everyone, everyone was satisfied with what they were bringing and we had everything we needed.
Alright one more story. A few years back again I was living in Maryland and the Bible study I went to was a pretty big group and we were all really close friends. Well, I read in “I Kissed Dating Goodbye” a sentence talking about how the men in Josh Harris’ group made dinner for the women in their Bible study. I thought that was a great idea and so I brought it up to the men in my group and they were all for doing that. We didn’t just stop at dinner though. The whole group of guys made a night that we hoped the women would never forget and would remember specifically when they were in a relationship so they knew how they should be treated. We planned a surprise night of dinner and dancing with during-meal entertainment as well. The girls were treated to a 5 course meal with two options for each course including things like Maryland crab soup, salmon penne pasta and molten lava cake. After dinner they were escorted to another room where we talked about how special they were to us as godly women and how we wanted to thank them for that. Then came dancing where every woman got to dance with every man. To end the night they were given gift bags with cards in them from all the guys telling them how special they were to us. It was an amazing night for all of us. On a side note, if you think it might be nice to do something like this, I highly suggest doing something like this for the woman in your life.
I say all that to get back to my point. Paul says, “But even before I was born, God chose me and called me by his marvelous grace.” God is a planner and he can meticulously plan everything way better than I could ever plan one single, simple thing. I am confident in my planning abilities, but not when I compare them to God’s ability to plan. Look back on your life at things that have happened to you. Have you figured out why they happened yet? I know there are a few things that happened to me when I was in Junior High (18 years ago) that I just figured out why they happened. Why did I take German after school? To prepare me to go to Germany as a missionary. 18 years of pre-planning? Thanks is incredibly ridiculous. Here’s my point though. If I/we know how amazing of a planner God is, why do we first seek to create our own plans? I am as guilty of this as most people. I have plans and I want to see them to their end, but God’s plan is so much better than anything I could come up with. Now I just need the patience to see His plan through and not try to insert my own plan, no matter how good I think it is.
My suggestion for you today is to think back on your life and see what things had to be in place years ago to get you to where you are today and then thank God that He is an amazing planner!