Last night, I laid my head down, humming with a finely-tuned plan for the next couple of days. When my alarm went off this morning, however, I was quickly and dramatically reminded that I’m not the one in charge. A thick blanket of winter white currently covers our rugged landscape, softening its rough edges, draping its leafless trees with another kind of dressing. My internet is out, and the electricity is flickering, leaving me thankful for a fresh stockpile of wood for the fireplace.

We need these reminders now, and again, that we don’t solely hold the reigns on our own lives. We exercise our gift of free will, but there is a Bigger Plan in play. We can fight it, or we can learn that it has our best interests at heart. We can choose to trust it, submitting our heartbeats to it until they beat in tandem, even when we don’t understand it.

We can lay our plans aside and go build a snowman.


Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. ~ Proverbs 19:21 NIV