I’m a list-making machine. I even have a file folder on my desk marked, “To-Do Folder,” in big Sharpie letters. I often plan out months in advance, making sure to prioritize urgent needs or time-sensitive projects.
I need it. I crave it. Especially with working full-time, writing and speaking commitments, and wanting to keep God and family first.
So what happens when struggles postpone your plans?
Whether it’s an unexpected illness, a family member who needs you, or an extra project at work piled on your desk, life’s interruptions can derail our perfectly laid-out plans.
And honestly, that sends my emotions spiraling. But I’ve recently learned a few tips to help keep a godly perspective when struggles postpone my plans. Here are three tips to help us during those challenging times.
1. Go with the flow.
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It may not seem reasonable to think God would allow a struggle to place a pause in our path. But many times throughout Scripture, God allowed circumstances to lead his people in a new direction. This sometimes even caused a diverted course, leaving their original plans to be postponed.
God can do the same for us. And when we accept His sovereign direction, we learn to go with the flow. We also find glimpses of God at work, even in the waiting.
2. Release the guilt.
My husband is having to do all the dishes and laundry. I can’t attend my son’s band performance this week. Physical limitations and temporary illness can keep us away from our usual responsibilities.
We must let go of guilt over not keeping up with our normal work load in these times. Relax. Rejuvenate. This just may be the indicator we needed to put a little rest into our agenda.
3. Look for the God moments. You will find them.
God’s grace and mercy will show up in the simplest of moments. God doesn’t always work in grand gestures. And as we keep our eyes open to His presence in and through our lives, we will see His love and care in the midst of our situations.
An unexpected letter of encouragement from a friend. A kind email, acknowledging a job well-done. A heartfelt call expressing gratitude. God is in all of these and much more. We only need to pay attention.
Have struggles in your life lately caused some important plans to be postponed? Let’s take a deep breath together and trust God’s timing today.
What we experience in the waiting will bring us into a deeper, more faith-filled relationship with our Loving Father.