The Life I Planned

I have a new favorite book.

Things Pondered: A Collection of Poetry and Vignettes by Beth Moore (2004).

When I get a new favorite book, I create time and space to savor it.
No starting to read it in the car on the way home from Barnes & Noble.
No skimming.

I want to create a moment in my favorite reading chair that lets me lose myself in the pages.
No distractions.
Only my book, my lap pillow, my notebook and pen, my highlighter, and my Diet Pepsi.

This is a perfect moment.

So getting back to my new favorite book…
In it, Beth wrote a poem called, “The Life I Planned.”

My note for you today comes from her words…part of the poem.
I know you will feel the Encouragement.  The Hope.

The Life I Planned

Has someone seen the life I planned?
It seems it’s been misplaced
I’ve looked in every corner
It’s lost without a trace.

I’ve found one I don’t recognize
Things missing that were dear
Promises I’d hoped to keep
And dreams I’d dreamed aren’t here.

Faces I had planned to see
Hands I planned to hold
Now absent in the pictures
Not the way I told.

Has someone seen the life I planned?
Did it get thrown away?
God took my hand from searching
Then I heard him say,

“Child, your ears have never heard
Your eyes have never seen
Eternal plans I have for you
Are more than you could dream.

“You long to walk by sight
But I’m teaching eyes to see.
I know what I am doing
‘Til then, you must believe.”

You are Extraordinarily Significant!