Thus he teaches us not to presume to plan our lives autonomously and with self interest, but to make room for the inscrutable will of God, who knows what is truly good for us.
--Pope Benedict XVI, The Apostles, discussing the Letter of St. James.
There is a lot of planning going on in my home. In the short term, I am planning for my next session of our parish group studying The Apostles. I am planning Monday’s 7th grade CCD lesson. I am planning Christmas dinner. I am planning on enjoying having my college sons home for Christmas break. Long-term plans are in the works too. My senior in high school is finalizing plans for college. My senior in college is finalizing plans for after graduation. Both my parents and my husband’s parents will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversaries this coming summer so plans for those festivities are in the works.
Amidst all this planning I need to read the quote above. “Make room for the inscrutable will of God who knows what is truly good for us.” I need to hear these words over and over. In spite of my best organizational efforts there will be unexpected twists, glitches, and deviations from our plans. There is no need for anxiety and angst over this. In the grand scheme of things, everything will run according to plan. It is just that it is God’s plan, not mine, that is running the show.