The best-laid plans of mice and men oft go awry, according to Scottish poet Robert Burns. We prove the truth of this statement on a daily basis. We make a detailed agenda for the day or elaborate plans for an evening or holiday. We’re sure we’ve covered every contingency, thought of every angle. And then suddenly, from out of nowhere, comes an unexpected complication and our lives are up in the air again.
What is this? Why do our best-laid plans fall apart unexpectedly? Is it that there’s a malevolent force in the universe out to get us?
No. There is only the Presence and Power of God in the universe. It is our own ignorance of that Power at work – or our reluctance to trust its workings – that is the source of all confusion.
Our fearful, ego-based thoughts compel us to insist on total control over people, places, and things in our lives. The infinite Spirit that is our true identity is relaxed, centered, open to the joy—sometimes quiet, sometimes explosire—of this eternal moment. How often has an apparent setback to our carefully-constructed plans actually led us to greater joy than our own plans would have offered!
It is good to plan a day or a life. But it’s essential to leave room for the Divine Surprise that will bring us a taste of the kingdom!
Today, my plans for the day are clear but free-flowing, open to whatever fresh and unexpected creative experience eager to express as my Divine Surprise.