It‘s funny how unexpected life can be. Early in our marriage, my wife and I had saved money to buy a new sports car. The day after we purchased our new two door sports car we received the joyful, yet unexpected news that we were now expecting our first child. Our daughter‘s birth changed us both dramatically. We found ourselves planning for every eventuality of which we could imagine. We would leave nothing to chance. That changed after we took our first road trip with a new child.
Looking at the baggage we packed, you‘d never believe that we were only going on an overnight trip to visit my parents. We packed everything that we possibly could. We had toys so that she would feel at home and extra diapers just in case the stores where we were headed didn‘t carry her favorite brand. We made special trips to the drug store to make sure we had new full bottles of ointments and medications just in case. We packed summer clothes in case it was warm and winter clothes in case it was cold. We bought extra pacifiers on the off chance that we might lose her’s. We squeezed everything possible into our two door car, and then realized that there was not enough room for our daughter and her car seat!
Everyone wants to be prepared for anything and everything. No matter how hard we try, life can still throw unexpected curves our way. It is so easy to become entrenched in our preparations for worldly eventualities that we forget to undergird the work of our hands with the blessings of Heaven. Jesus said, “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. (Matthew 6:33).” The only way to truly prepare for what lies down the road is to include the one who sees much farther in your planning.