I'm big on plans these days. The freelance life is making me understand what a valuable resource time is and how easily it's misspent - especially in thinking I am working when really, I'm "working." So I have a few resources that I use to keep me honest and accountable with how I spend the hours of the day, and how much of it is 100% work related.
This week, I was all about time documentation and working like a woman possessed (thanks to the wisdom that led me to choose a deadline of January 1st for a substantial project...and then forget about the looming deadline until last week). I was all organized and motivated and putting the pedal to the medal.
And then yesterday, my mom called and said she had an accident at work. She dropped a butcher block on her foot and needed to be picked up. And thus began a stream of appointments that ended in the ER with a fashionable boot, a new collection of stitches, and a CD of x-rays depicting the "pick-up sticks" fracture to her big toe.
(And when I nearly passed out in the tiny evaluation room at the sight of said fracture, I knew once and for all that we could just put to bed any thoughts of an impending medical career.)
My mom is a trooper. She has kept a good attitude throughout the entire ordeal and rarely asks for anything. She's the type of person who is a JOY to serve because you just want her to be treated like she would treat anyone else - going above and beyond without complaint.
So it's times like these when a neat plan gets messy and doesn't seem so important anymore. Because life isn't plannable, and trying to make it that way is really the best way to get gray hair.
The Christmas cards are going to be late, and so are some presents, but I don't think anyone will mind all that much. Christmas baking has been put on a temporary hold, but I'm sure we'll get to it before too long. I have no idea what's for dinner for the rest of the week, but tomorrow the grocery store and I have a date and we're BFF's so we'll figure it out. Deadlines loom, but isn't all of the best work produced when the pressure is on anyway?!
I guess my long and rambling point is: plans are good, plans are wise. We're called to be good stewards of the time and resources we've been given. But perhaps it's equally wise to be willing to pitch the plan out the window when real life comes to call. It's usually much more important anyway.
People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.