I’m a planner. I like to have things put together in advance and thought out. I like to know where something’s going to be and what time, what’s going to happen when we get there or what’s going to be expected of me once I arrive. While I love surprises, I do not like the element of surprise in reference to work or events I am helping with. I like to have all the tools I need available. I want to always be prepared. I don’t like last minute pop ups. I am not a fly by the seat of my pants type girl.
I’ve been put in situations where nothing was planned or thought out and we were scrambling to put things together within a certain time frame. I’ve had moments where I thought I had thought out every detail and missed something so I had to improvise. I’ve helped people with functions they were doing whether it be a birthday party or Christmas party or a business event and there was something forgotten or missing so we had to make what we had work or go back to the store for the hundredth time.
What I’ve come to learn in these situations is that it all came together. It all worked out how it was supposed to. It may have been stressful or overwhelming. There were moments where I would think “What am I going to do?” or “I don’t see how this is going to work out” but it all did. Even with my planning and lists or trying to anticipate the things that could go wrong something popped up that I didn’t plan for and it still worked out.
These moments are a lot like life. Sometimes we get ourselves so worked up over things trying to anticipate the problem and all we end up doing is creating unnecessary stress. And sometimes some of the problems we tried to plan for never even happen or a problem we didn’t anticipate happens instead. But eventually it turns out as it should or sometimes even better than we anticipated!
The point is, in many ways, we are walking through life blind. We can set goals, reach achievements or mile stones. We can create bucket lists or have our lives all mapped out but no matter what we are going to come into bumps in the road. There are going to be road blocks. There will be things we planned for so we are prepared to resolve the issue and then there will be the unexpected. We cannot know everything. We can’t always plan for all the things life will throw our way. And that’s ok!
I’ve learned through life’s hiccups it’s made me more resilient. It’s made it easier in certain situations that when the unexpected happens to adjust accordingly. It’s funny that as parents when our kids don’t get their way we will tell them “You can’t always get what you want” or “Things won’t always go your way” but we neglect to remind ourselves of the same things during this thing called life.
So here’s a reminder that we can’t know it all, we aren’t supposed to know it all and for the things that we won’t have a plan for God will provide the tools,wisdom and knowledge to handle it. Embrace the unknown. There’s so much freedom in not worrying constantly about the outcome of things and watching God bring it all together. After all, not matter what, He’s working all things together for our good! That gives me great comfort and peace and I hope it does the same for you.