I read that quote from John Lennon somewhere a number of years ago, and it has really begun to resonate with me. “Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans…”
When we are young, we think that we can plan our future and it will unfold pretty much as we imagine it will. Sure, there may be a few glitches along the way, but basically we know what to expect.
I had no plans to spend 30+ years living with a chronic illness…one that sometimes has severely restricted my ability to do what I want, and yet at other times leaves me feeling almost as though it doesn’t exist.
I certainly never imagined that I would spend much of my life following different career paths…teacher (high school and college)…musician…stay-at-home mother…minister…editor…web editor…worship and music specialist… And yet, each of those positions has enriched my life and has made it possible for me to gain new skills and follow new possibilities.
Nor would I have expected that after many years of marriage, I would have discovered that my husband had spent much of his life hiding from himself. When he came out to me as a bisexual–one who had been faithful to me, but who could no longer hide from either of us that he also finds men attractive–that was certainly never in the plans that I had made!
But if we are able to flow with what happens to our life plans–to the changes that happen to our best-laid plans–then life can become freer and more exciting. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t make plans–far from it! We need plans to give us goals to reach and roads to begin to travel. But we can’t set those plans in concrete and expect them to unfold predictably. It just isn’t going to happen!
Make plans…but let God (or however you describe the power that exists in the universe) breathe life into them. Let life happen!!