Plan. Pray. Surrender. And be Flexible
Like many others, I started the year 2020 with much excitement, enthusiasm and great
plans. This was going to be the year where I was going to achieve most of my goals. Like
many others, still, I entered the year 2020 with a well-documented checklist that was
articulating all of my daily, weekly and monthly activities.
A wise person once said, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” This quote gives me sleepless
nights. I am a planner by nature. I plan from the biggest things to be done right down to the
last detail. I plan meals, outfits, cleaning timetables right up to my next hairstyle. I
appreciate a generous sense of control in my life. Deep down inside, I harbor the need to
know what is next.
As a working wife, mom, pastor and conference host, I wear many hats and I have learned
over the years I cannot and will not be successful in any role I occupy if I don’t plan ahead. I
work well with schedules and I am constantly on my phone’s calendar; planning the next
agenda of my or my family’s schedules.
This is a great discipline to have; one that many should adopt in order to be more
productive and functional in their daily lives. Planning gives structure to life, family, church
and to business. Without an action-plan in place, I certainly feel like I am out of control and
functioning on a cloud.
However, over the years I have learned that if I am going to live the beautiful life that God
has predestined and preplanned for me, I must learn to be flexible.
Proverbs 19:21 - Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails.
Yes, flexible! I have learned that no matter how much I plan, God has a greater plan for my
life. At any given moment, He places me where He wants me at; a place where I am needed,
and a place where I will grow. The place where God places me is not always in line with
where I had planned to be in that given season.
Jeremiah 29:11 - For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
I have learned that sometimes my over-planning and controlling nature is lack of faith and
trust that God has a greater plan for my life and that plan, according to His word, is not to
harm me, but to prosper me. We have this urge to be in control of our lives and to want to
know what is next because maybe, just maybe, we don’t trust God enough with the finer
details of our lives. What if I told you that God is actually interested in your shopping list,
family vacation and your next hairstyle? The truth is; all of that is detailed in the plan that
Abba Father has for your life. If He knows the exact amount of hair on your head then surely
He has great plans for your tomorrow.
When 2020 took us straight into lockdown as a result of a pandemic, the Corona virus; my
plans came tumbling down and I was so disappointed. I thought all of my plans were gone. I
started to worry. All of the hope I had entered the year with was gone. And this was
because my plan was set to fail, and I did not believe that God has a greater plan for my life.
Matthew 6: 34 - Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
God had a plan all along, and though the Corona virus was not from God, He surely had a
plan to sustain us through it all. More than anything else, the past few months have taught
me to surrender; to surrender my plans and my whole life to God.
Planning must always be paired with prayer. When you plan and take your plans to God in
prayer, you are saying, “Lord I surrender my plan to the greater plan you have for my life.”
This humbles you. This is the kind of prayer that says, “yes, Lord, I have a plan, but let your
will be done in my life,” This is a surrendered life. A flexible life. The kind of life God shines
I encourage you to be responsible children of God and to plan ahead, plan for a rainy day,
plan your family’s future and plan your next trip but, more importantly, take those plans to
God in prayer. Surrender the desires of your heart to God in prayer and be flexible; allowing
God to use you and to do with your life as He pleases.
Proverbs 20: 4 - In their heart’s humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.
Theodora Mooketsi is a working wife, mom conference host, preacher and speaker. She is the
founder of the Wordlife organization which is an evangelistic ministry and co-pastor’s Seasons
church with her husband. Her biggest conviction is that by God’s grace “Africa will be saved“