Proper Planning

September 14th, 2013

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Proverbs 16:1-9

It’s in Scottish bard Robert Burns’ poem, “To a Mouse, On Turning Up in Her Nest with the Plough,” we find that phrase The best-laid schemes o’ mice and men…

While it seems poor planning on the part of the mouse to build a nest in soon-to-be-ploughed ground, the mouse–because she is a mouse–is innocent, as is the inanimate object in this story, the plough.

Far too often humans, like the mouse, haven’t a clue concerning the future when making plans. We want to do what we want to do when we want to do it. Small wonder those “feel good” and “for fun or profit” ideas so often fail. God longs for us to share the desires of our hearts with Him.

When our granddaughter Katie developed a love for missions and told God she would serve Him, she hadn’t a clue as to what she would do. God placed her in pleasant places–coffee house ministry–first in Poland and now in Denmark. Katie delights in God’s plan for her.

God can be trusted with the plans of each of His children.

Author: C. Ellen Watts


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