On December 31st-January 1st I drive my family crazy “making a plan.” I process through the highs and lows of the previous year identifying modification to make to my ever changing days. I see the birth of a new year as being an opportunity for a fresh beginning. Some years have obviously been more successful then others. As we began 2021 we set a goal to refocus our time. We want to be more intentional about how we spend it.

I am sure you have been processing how you would like the start of new semester to look. You may have purchased new planner or downloaded new apps to help you be more organized. Maybe you bought a new watch to help you burn your anxious energy. Possibly life has been to busy lately and you haven’t even had a chance to make a plan or think past the day you are currently living. No matter which of those applies to you, I want you pause with me now and think, “why?” Why did I establish that plan? What is driving me in that direction? Where is it leading me? Who is doing the leading?

Recently I was reading, “How to Eat Fried Worms,” with my son. We came to a word in the book and he paused to sound it out. I heard him utter a phrase that I had never heard before. “When two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking.” Much to his dismay it took him repeating it multiple times for me to wrap my brain around the concept. It wasn’t the application of the concept, but the depth of it.

In Daniel 6, we see King Darius being lead by other people instead of being the leader he was called to be. “6 So these administrators and satraps went as a group to the king and said: “May King Darius live forever! 7 The royal administrators, prefects, satraps, advisers and governors have all agreed that the king should issue an edict and enforce the decree that anyone who prays to any god or human being during the next thirty days, except to you, Your Majesty, shall be thrown into the lions’ den. 8 Now, Your Majesty, issue the decree and put it in writing so that it cannot be altered—in accordance with the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be repealed.” 9 So King Darius put the decree in writing.”

As we know Daniel did not obey the decree. “10 Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before. 11 Then these men went as a group and found Daniel praying and asking God for help.”

We know that Daniel was then placed in the lions den, but was saved. “22 My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, Your Majesty.”

If my son overlooked, forgot or didn’t know the first vowel sound of the word he was trying to sound out it would hinder everything. It would have hindered his understanding of sentences, paragraphs, pages, and ultimately the book. King Darius had no concept of the one true GOD! His beliefs mislead him. Daniel didn’t just know the one true GOD, he lived out his faith in action and deed. As you move forward making “plans” for your future I encourage you to reflect on being lead by a leader who sees the whole picture. The one who has written your whole story and designed it just right for you. His timing is not your timing, and ways not your ways. Where he is leading you is a place better then you can even imagine for yourself. Let him have the lead.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9

Submitted By Chasity Sions

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