This post is by Jenn Kokal.
After several days of pain, I finally felt great.
I woke up refreshed, ready to tackle everything I wasn’t able to do during the crippling migraine I had for nearly three days. I had been down for a while, which meant I had plenty of chores that needed accomplished - recording several podcast episodes, writing two blog posts, cleaning my house, and going grocery shopping. But my enthusiasm drained as quickly as it came. Not even three minutes after I began recording a podcast episode, everything went dark. Literally. My power went out. My podcasting equipment was rendered useless. I panicked. I had a podcast episode due in less than 24 hours! I had blog posts that needed to be written before their deadlines. On top of this, I couldn’t even clean my house. The dishes were piled high in the sink, but without power, I had to conserve water.
I was so frustrated, I laid on the floor and proceeded to have something close to a temper tantrum for nearly an hour. Why did this kind of thing always happen to me? Why did I always feel so behind on my chores every morning?
Finally, I got up off the floor and wiped the tears from my face. I prayed a desperate prayer to God for Him to help me finish what I needed to do. I dedicated my plans to Him. Suddenly, a verse popped into my head. “My power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV) The moment I remembered that verse, my power kicked back on. Truly, God has a sense of humor.
In hindsight, I feel rather embarrassed of my little tantrum. But I learned something: dedicating plans to God is a powerful thing. That day, I got more done than I anticipated I would. My house got cleaned, several podcast episodes were recorded, and I finished my most crucial blog post, all in time to make it to my mother-in-law’s birthday party that evening.
I truly believe God used that day to teach me a lesson: that with my power, I can do absolutely nothing. But when I dedicate my plans to the One who is All-Powerful, I can accomplish much.
What might have changed that morning if I had dedicated my plans to God before I even began? I probably wouldn’t have lied there on the floor crying for a solid hour. Perhaps instead, I would have gone downstairs and used that time during the power outage to make my bed and tidy the house. Perhaps I would have grabbed my charged laptop (something I didn’t think about during my tantrum) and started writing some blog posts on a Word document. Perhaps I would have read my Bible or a devotional, and spent my time talking to God. Or perhaps, I would have gone grocery shopping – something I really needed to accomplish that day.
You see, friends, our plans are important to God; so important, that He wants us to dedicate them to Him. There is a verse in Proverbs that says, “Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.” – Proverbs 16:3 (NLT) This verse means that if we choose to dedicate our plans each morning to the Lord, He will help us! He will establish our steps and guide our feet. He will help us accomplish the things we need to get done, even when it seems impossible in the middle of a power outage or a crippling migraine. Because His power is made perfect in weakness.
During your plan time each morning, dedicate it to God. It can be as easy as telling God, “Today, I am going to commit my plans to You and do them to the best of my ability. Please help me accomplish everything.” Or you could write down Proverbs 16:3 in your planner and read it before you even start planning your day. No matter how you choose to dedicate your plans to God, He will be there with you every step of the way. After all, Proverbs says it best: when we commit our actions to the Lord, our plans will succeed through His power.
Jenn Kokal is the creator and visionary of P40 Ministries – a daily Christian podcast and website. Her favorite hobbies include podcasting, writing, hiking, playing music, and skeet shooting with her husband. She now resides in Ohio with her sweet husband of six years, and her energetic Jack Russell Terrier named Bandit.
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