Before I hit the road for a run I always plan my route. I know exactly where I’m going, how far I’m running and that I will always end up back home. I also love to have this type of plan for my life. I just can’t help myself! I’m very task and goal oriented and am constantly working a plan to reach my goal. I’m a dreamer, a visionary and I love seeing where God wants to take me. God has a plan for each and everyone of us (Jeremiah 29:11) and he has already prepared good works for us to do (Ephesians 2:10).
I love seeking out those plans and praying into where God wants to take me and what good work He wants me to do, today, next year and 20 years from now. But sometimes I get ahead of myself. I’m just so desperate to reach the end that, like a runner waiting for the gun to shoot, I can false start the race. Now in a professional race if you have two false starts you are disqualified from the race altogether. Being over eager is just as harmful as never getting off the couch to train for the race.
But praise God, because of Jesus we now have unending grace that allows us endless do-overs in life. We need to have the self-control and submission to wait until it is the right time to go. This is something I am challenged with a lot. I have a 1, 5 and 10 year plan but I’m always wanting to be at the end of my 10 year plan without working through the first year. This will get us nowhere. If we jump the gun we don’t get to run the race. Instead we have to turn around and go back to the starting line. God’s plan is worth training and waiting for. And remember, we all need to grow to where we need to go.
“And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.” Hebrews 6:15