In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps. (Proverbs 16:9)
Last week I decided to give our drab little laundry room a makeover. Its dingy walls were in desperate in need of color, the old shelving needed to be replaced, and the unsightly pipes behind the washer and dryer were begging to be covered.
A fresh coat of paint was first on the makeover agenda. I was ready to begin applying paint right away, but JT noted that the walls needed to be cleaned and spackled before I could paint them. I was anxious to apply the new paint color and wanted to skip the process of prepping the wall but JT assured me that the paint job would not look good if the walls were not prepped first.
Though I was disappointed that I couldn’t start applying paint immediately, I got busy with a cleaning sponge while JT decided to tackle the spackle. As we worked on getting the wall ready to receive paint, I thought about how often I have run ahead of God, executing my own personal plans without seeking His will and without waiting for him to prep me.
In my own mind, I see my vision and I think I know exactly how things should progress. What I often forget is that God sees the big picture. I fail to remember that God sees everything. He knows the obstacles I will face and therefore knows exactly how to prep me for what is coming.
In order to fully live the lives God has intended for you and me and in order to achieve the goals He has set for us, we must learn to wait for Him to prepare us. Though waiting on God is a critical component of our Christian walk, as you probably already know, this is often much easier said than done because by nature we are impatient beings.
When we choose to wait on God, we allow Him to use His divine tools to ready us for the tasks He has for us. If we want to prep our human walls, we must ask God to cleanse us. This occurs when we sincerely confess our sins and seek God’s forgiveness every day (and if you’re like me, several times a day!). God will hear our confessions and cleanse us of all unrighteousness (I John 1:9). God will also patch us up, fill us in, and spackle us with the whole armor God, thus making us strong and preventing the enemy from attacking our weak spots (Ephesians 6:16).
This morning as I stepped into the laundry room, I was greeted by clean, bright, neat walls. The cheery yellow walls provide the perfect backdrop for our faithful washer and dryer, the new sturdy shelving, and the lovely paisley fabric that hides the ugly pipes. I’m thrilled with the newly renovated laundry room and I am glad we took the time to prep the wall.
Likewise, when we allow God to prep us, we will find that our lives provide a pristine background for the glorious plans God has for us. Do you have plans today? Is your heart filled with a certain desire? Submit your plans to God, see if those plans and desires are part of His will for your life, and ask Him to prep your walls. I suspect you’ll be happy with the results!
Dear Lord, thank You for loving us. Thank You for filling our hearts with dreams, desires, and ambitions. Lord, forgive us for the times we have moved ahead with our plans without consulting You. Help us to see the error of our ways and remind us to seek Your will in all we do. Help us to remember to submit our plans to You for guidance and prep us for the tasks that lie ahead. As we go forward with the plans You have for us, help us to be clean, bright, shining examples in a dark world. Amen.
Food For Thought:
- What plans do you have? Have you submitted your plans to God to see if He approves of them?
- When was the last time you ran ahead of God? What unnecessary challenges did you face because you ran ahead?
- What areas of your life need to be cleaned up and spackled by God?
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