I am a planner. Planning allows me to take all the thoughts that jumble around in my head onto paper in a structured and organized way. I often breathe easier and can relax more once I have my plan in place. The thing is that no matter how I prepare and organize my days, I never plan for unexpected change, uncertainty, and unknowns. When it happens, I find myself quickly feeling overwhelmed, thrown into the hole of disappointment and frustration. Then the spiral of anxiety and stress begins. Proverbs 19:21 Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails. No matter what plans you make, the Lord's one plan will always prevail. Recently a friend told me that “I make plans with open hands and my head bowed.” I asked her, "What does that mean?" She said, “Throughout history, the open palm has been associated with trust, honesty, and openness. On the other hand, the closed palm gesture suggests dominance, aggression, and tension. It is not wrong to plan, but to be open to God correcting your plans is the way to go about it. While it is right to make plans as one who has been empowered for decision-making, however, do it with a humble heart and open hands. God who is ultimately the one in charge, and He may change my plans whenever He sees fit.” I never thought it that way. If we have closed hands trying to do it all in our own will, that causes stress, tension, and anxiety.

However, there is a different way, planning, doing your best, and releasing the rest. Trusting God for the outcome, accepting that He knows best, and allowing Him to lead your steps.