“Pencil in your plans but write your vision in ink.”
That’s a sentence I read recently in a devotional. A sentence that made me think “wow!” See, many of us know the scripture that talks about vision, you may not remember the book (Habakkuk) or the verse (2:2) but you know what it says, “…write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.”
So as you “write the vision, what do you see accomplished, achieved, attained? What do you see as the “big picture” of God’s will for your life? Write that in ink because it is already done. It cannot be erased. God said “He knows the thoughts He thinks toward you …to give you an expected end.” Key words: Expected End. God already knows your capability.
Your plans, well, those you write in pencil. Why? Because just as I write this work on a tablet with a pencil, and having erased numerous times as my thoughts flow and change, so will your plans on how your vision will be attained. Keyword: Plans.
You may plan to do something a certain way, and it doesn’t work out. So you have to go back to the drawing board. You may have planned to go a certain route and God said, “No.” Hire certain individuals, take certain positions, go certain places or manifest the vision a particular way – and all were subject to change. Why? Because you are the vessel and He has the authority to rearrange things as He sees fit.
So as you write the overall vision (the one that God orchestrated for your life. Not you for your life) for your life in ink, and plans change, stay strong, be of good courage and God will not only strengthen you, but lead you in the path of His righteousness.
I liken the above quote on penciling your plans to a quote God gave me: God never changes; only the circumstances do.
Question: What is the “big picture” of what God says is possible for your life? What is His vision for your life? Write it down today.
Tereciah V. Smithen-Quintana