I really do. I’ve always liked my planner. I’m one of those nerdy people who loves school supply shopping and organizing things and still loves real books.
I’ve tried the online calendar and lists thing. I’ve tried e-book reading. But I like the paper.
I like my paper planner. I like to lay everything out and look at my lists and my calendar and draw lines and circles and connect the dots. I like to spread things out and make piles and connect images with words with dates with seasons. I like to try to make sense of the chaos that paper planning can look like.
I’ve been doing a LOT of planning lately. Planning sermon and worship ideas at church. Planning “preschool at home” for our youngest. Planning promotion and marketing for Financial Peace University (side note: SOOOOO excited to be leading a class!!). Planning some continuing education. Planning writing projects. Planning family budgets. Planning the bigger kids’ school days off and some family time during a busy fall. Planning, planning and more planning.
But you know the old adage “Wanna make God laugh? Make a plan.”
I’m sure God’s laughing at me a little. Partly in joy because God designed me to be a planner/organizer and I think my Creator delights in seeing me do what I am designed to do. So yes, I think God is laughing in delight when I have papers and plans spread out before me in a beautiful mess of organized chaos. And yes, I also think God may be chuckling because God is truly the one planning my days and knows what I’ll REALLY be doing and sharing in those moments I’ve sketched out.
So yes, I like my paper planner. I like my paper calendar. I like my paper lists. But I love my Ultimate Planner. The One who formed me together as an organizer/planner of things. The One who calls me to creatively order the days of my family and the church. The One who forgives me when my plans are contrary to the ways of Christ. The One who calls me to submission of a plan that is far greater than anything I could come up with.
I love my God – Father, Son and Spirit.
Thank you Holy One, for the plans you have laid out for me (and also for paper planners – please never let them stop being sold in stores).
For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.
(Jeremiah 29:11, NRSV)