Works-For-Me Wednesday: “Thy list be done”

The following is from A Lamp For My Feet by Elisabeth Elliot:

I am a list-maker. Every day I make a list of what I must do. I have an engagement calendar and an engagement book. I have a grocery list on the wall beside the refrigerator, last year’s Christmas list in this year’s engagement book (so I won’t duplicate gifts), a master list for packing my suitcase (so I won’t forget anything), a prayer list (a daily one and a special one for each day of the week), and several others.

Recently a wholly unexpected minor operation badly interrupted my list of things to be done that week. But because God is my sovereign Lord, I was not worried. He manages perfectly, day and night, year in and year out, the movements of the stars, the wheeling of the planets, the staggering coordination of events that goes on on the molecular level in order to hold things together. There is no doubt that he can manage the timing of my days and weeks. So I can pray in confidence, Thy list, not mine, be done.

wfmwheader_4.jpgWhen I first thought of posting this today, I hadn’t intended it for a WFMW post. But it is one of the best tips or reminders for me. I can get very frustrated when my list, my carefully thought-out and even prayed-over plans and goals, are thwarted, and that can lead to anger at the people or circumstances that hindered them. I have to remember that everything I have is the Lord’s, including my time and my schedule. He either directly intervenes or allows for those speed bumps or road blocks along the way. When I remember that, I can handle them with grace and seek His will and wisdom about what He wants the next step to be and what really needs to get done.

See Rocks In My Dryer for more WFMW tips.

9 thoughts on “Works-For-Me Wednesday: “Thy list be done”

  1. Nice tip! I make a weekly to-do list, and find myself frustrated if I can’t complete it. I’ll try to keep this in mind!

  2. Thanks for the reminder.

    “I cast all my cares upon you,
    I lay all of my burdens down at your fee,
    and any time that I don’t know what to do,
    I will cast all my cares upon you”.

  3. I’m a usually a “list gal” too, however lately I’ve had a hard time using it as a guide. Need to get back to my routines!! Thanks for the reminder to focus on Him who orders our day! Blessings, Diane

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