When your plan goes sideways, do you ditch the idea or push through?

Dearest Reader,

When your plan goes sideways, do you ditch the idea or push through? And what if you are an obsessive planner?  Furthermore, you’ve lived this lesson before.

Repeating the same lesson, again and again, pinches the soul. The truth is, it sucks the wind right out of your sails.

Am I alone, or have you done the same?

Today is one of those days. Not only has my plan gone sideways, but the Fruit of the Spirit has also leaked out all over the place.

First, let me confess, “leaked out all over the place,” I harvested from our Pastor’s sermon this past Sunday. Second, you should know the leaking has been ugly and not in the right way.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Galations 5:22-24 (ESV)

Mustering one ounce of these qualities today is a stretch.

Why? Because my plan has gone sideways. 

When my plan goes sideways, I am prone to overreacting, impatience, ugliness, and all manner of grumpiness.

I wish I could tell you I’m flexible. However, the ugly truth is I’m about as flexible as a hardwood board. Insert the facepalm emoji here. I need order, need a plan, a long-term agenda, please, and thank you. Preferably, color-coded with bullet points.

The question is, do I ditch the idea, leave the boxes unchecked or push through?

There’s a time to push through, and there’s a time switch it up.

  • First, we need godly wisdom and discernment for such a decision.
  • We need wise and godly friends and mentors to guide us.
  • Also, we desperately need to be in tune with the Holy Spirit and God’s Word.

When we rely on God, His Word, the Holy Spirit, godly friends, and mentors, we can make the best possible decision when it all goes sideways.

Dearest Reader, today I chose to ditch the plan and bring my struggle to you rather than a gussied up version of myself.

For me, the struggle is real. I long to be the person who can scribble notes on a napkin with a chewed-up pencil, but alas, I am not.

I am orderly to a fault, messy, and broken. And I am loved by a holy God, whom I’m convinced appreciates my color-coded, neatly written journals. When I grab my white-out, I’m sure I hear Him chuckle and whisper, “Yeah, that’s my girl.”

By the way, ask my Sweet Man how much he loves the orderly shopping lists I give him. As the shopper around here, he appreciates my list-making skills.

When your plan goes sideways, redefining the wilderness is setting aside our agenda for God’s. 

I am here to encourage you, equip you, and guide you as you redefine your wilderness. You can comment below or send a private email to tlmashburn@yahoo.com.

Your Wilderness Guide,

You can read last weeks post, Comfort In the Wilderness, here

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“There is no space to live well or love well, much less pursue the God who created us to be in fellowship with Him. We close the gap between what we need and what we want with more. Our spinning lives and broken hearts are empty while appearing full. We paste a smile on our face and tell anyone who asks we are okay while inside we are shattering a million different ways.” -Mornings In The Word