As I prepare to leave my house and grab my keys, I instantly start searching for both my house key and car key.  First, I must lock my house and then be ready to unlock my car.  Since both keys are on the same key chain, it’s practically impossible to hold them both at once.  Rather I need to find my house key, lock the door, and then find the car key.

In my busy life, I often find myself juggling multiple things at once and looking ahead to what I can have ready to go before it’s time.  Although it is not bad to be prepared and to multi-task, I can rush through life, trying to get ready for the next thing.  I can turn my life into one giant to-do list. 

When I do this, I fail to notice what God brings into my life.  I can even try to tell Him what the next five steps in my life should look like. Imagine, telling the Creator of the Universe how things ought to be in my life! 

I know He has a better plan for me than anything I can dream up.  In order to live this out, I need to stop organizing my life to the last detail and allow Him to intervene.  Instead of giving God my life schedule, I should seek His schedule for my life.

I want to be prepared, but I don’t want to miss what God has for me just because I’m already thinking about the next step.  God has key moments for my life, but I can miss them if I am already thinking about the next key.

Proverbs 16:9 (New International Version)

 9 In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.