Friday, February 8, 2008

The Ultimate Planner

I consider myself a planner. I like to think ahead and plan for things. I'm also a great procrastinator, which often defeats all my great planning. But, I am realizing that our Heavenly Father is the greatest planner of all.

This morning I was pondering things in my life and some of the blessings my family and I have recently received. And I was amazed to realize the long, sometimes unexpected paths those blessings followed to come to fruition. Blessings I didn't even know were coming, because I only recently was let in on "the plan".

I know that Heavenly Father knows each of us better than we know ourselves. He knows what we need to grow and to be happy. And because he has perfect patience, he knows how to plan for that growth and happiness far, far in advance and then patiently watch as the time necessary passes. My plans focus on the next day, next week or month, maybe the next year. It is so hard for me to really think and plan for the long term.

Probably because I lack that patience. I don't want to wait. I want it all now! Do you know how your toddler will ask for something, and they have to wait just a minute first, and so they fall all apart? And you think, "What the heck kid, its coming already!"? Well, I wonder if He sometimes thinks that about me! Maybe that's why I wasn't allowed to know these blessings were coming. Kind of like being careful not to tell your child that Christmas or their birthday is coming too far in advance.


  1. I think I am just like a toddler!!! It sounds like I need to call you!

  2. Our Heavenly Father's thoughts are not our thoughts, that is for sure.

    I like how you have reflected on this and come to see how He has blessed you more fully than you could imagine.

    And you seem like a pretty patient person to me!

  3. I feel the toddler "I WANT IT NOW!" thing all the time. Thanks for this post, its a very good reminder to be patient.

  4. This is very profound. I feel like I am the toddler as well. I have been going through some tough times with son J right now and sometimes I feel like giving up on him. Other times I wish I could jump ahead and see what he is going to be like when he is a grown up so I can know how to deal with him now. I am glad that you have had such great blessings lately. Loves to all.

  5. We are called God's children for a reason, that is for sure! We are merely toddlers in this grand plan of His, so it's very understandable how He can be so forgiving of our shortcomings.

  6. I am happy that you are receiving and recognizing your blessings. The Lord has been watching out for all of us.

    I guess I too am a toddler when it comes to "Wanting it now". I am in trouble with your Mother AGAIN. I just bought myself a new pistol.

    I really enjoy reading your blogs. I guess I need to quite procrastinating and post some of my own. Love y'all.