Daily Dose, July 3 — True Independence

  Do you remember when you were a kid and people would ask what you wanted to be when you grew up? Did you want to be the next greatest baseball player? Or the firefighter who would save many, an astronaut who would soar through the atmosphere, the next greatest president of the USA or even a superhero? You had a plan! I remember when I was preparing to be a mom. I had big plans! My child would always be content and happy, never have need of tears. No temper tantrums would be necessary because I would be able to foresee any and all problems and make their little roads smooth. Oh, my how silly my plans were. At the time, my plans seemed good, attainable even -- I had NO idea just how foolish. Time was a cruel teacher. My foolish plan was exposed as a BIG fail. My little ones were sad sometimes; there were tears, and I hate to admit it but, yes, there were temper tantrums -- more than I can count. I had a plan! “The human mind plans the way, but the Lord directs the steps.” (Proverbs 16:9) Life is so much easier when we can trust God to direct our steps, because it takes the pressure off those of us who like or LOVE to have a plan. Plans are good to have. We plan all sorts of things -- dinner, our weekend, our vacations, even a hard conversation that needs to take place. We plan on a larger scale, like planning our careers, our life goals and our futures. We are free to dream, envision our future and come up with plans to make our dreams come true. Wisdom would have us know that as we dream and plan, we should be dependent on the Lord to lead us, guide us and direct each of our steps. Our dependence on Him to faithfully lead us and direct our steps is our strength. It fuels our courage, because He takes us on a grand adventure. He often leads us to places we never imagined and we have experiences beyond our wildest dreams. What He has for us, wants for us, is greater than we can ever want for ourselves. We are free to plan, but our challenge is to not hold so tightly to our plans that we are unable to allow Him to direct our steps. -- Rev. Terri Henkel