“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” ~ Jeremiah 29:11

If you didn’t know, I am a planner.

I plan for vacations, for holidays, for weekends, for groceries, for school activities, for doctor’s appointments. I have a pocket calendar in my purse, a calendar reminder on my phone, email reminders for really important dates, and a desk calendar at work stuffed full of Post-its.

But as I’ve learned this last week, life does not run on schedule.

There are things out there to trip me up, to make me stop and think twice, and to completely throw me off course. It is in these times that my stress level rises above normal. I mean, why can’t life be tidy and well organized?

Because that’s not life.

Life is messy. Life is unpredictable. Life is, well, life.

It gets hard and it’s even harder when it seems out of my control. I don’t always understand why certain things happen, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. But I have faith that God has not left me to face these changes alone. He is with me always, guiding me through the dark times ahead, showing me that just because my plans may have changed, His love for me has not.

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